How to Download Custom Maps on Halo Master Chief Collection

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With the release of Halo Reach on PC, a lot of players are how to skip past normal multiplayer and go straight onto custom maps. Well right now, the process is a little complicated as Forge and File Share are currently disabled for PC.

In a development update, 343 Industries stated that “PC’s Forge and Theater require a lot of heavy lifting to make functional and feel good on PC. This work is extensive, and something the teams are hard at work on making right. To do so, this required these two features come to PC later in the game’s life cycle next year. This also includes the ability to upload to file shares on PC, which will not be available at launch. Instead, this will be brought online once some security feature work is done”.

This guide is suitable for the Halo Master Chief Collection, which includes Halo Reach, Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4. For more Halo MCC Guides, make sure to check out our dedicated area here!

So How Can I Download Custom Maps?

Well without File Share or the ability to make your own maps in Forge, you have to download them from other players. It’s inconvenient, but also your only option for now. Start by opening the player menu, which is done by pressing the avatar icon in the top right corner of the main menu.

Open the Player Menu

You’ll see a ‘My Game Session’ window with your own name. Click your nameplate, and then choose ‘Find Player’ in the window that opens on the right hand side.

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Choose the ‘Find Player’ option

Now if you know anyone hosting custom maps, enter their name here. Otherwise, a good one currently circulating is ‘Jesus in Malibu’, so enter that name (without the apostrophes) and press OK. There is also an up-to-date Google Doc being shared through Discord which contains a list of Gamertags sharing custom maps, see here.

Choose ‘File Share’ to browse custom maps

Once on the profile, choose the ‘File Share’ option on the left hand side. On Jesus In Malibu’s profile, there is 20 Game Types and 42 Map Variants which you can download, so a big thanks to them and everyone else sharing Gamertags!

As the game is only a few hours into release at the time of this guide, we’re sure more custom maps will turn up soon. 

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!