Despite making a name for itself among shooters, the Halo franchise has been noticeably absent from the PC gaming scene since Halo 2 dropped in 2007. That’s all about to change, however, as 343 Industries announced today that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be launching on the Microsoft Store and Steam. Previously exclusive to Xbox One, The Master Chief Collection is a compilation consisting of all content for Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4.
343 Industries is taking a segmented approach to this launch, releasing each game individually in chronological order (starting with Halo: Reach) as they work on completing the series. There’s no word on a release date yet, but 343 has said that more information will be coming on Sunday at SXSW.
Halo 2 Anniversary will launch on November 11 as part of the Master Chief Collection, bringing the classic, beloved game into the modern gaming world with beautifully remastered HD graphics. The team at 343 Industries believes this to be one of the best-looking games ever created, and I’m inclined to agree! A cinematic launch trailer has been released a few weeks early to hype the game up, and you can check it out by clicking above!
Bungie’s billion-dollar first-person shooter is being rounded up in a special compilation called Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and the additional content for each game. The collection also features remastered cutscenes and will ship with the Halo 5: Guardians beta.
However, there is a slight catch with this collection — it will require a 20GB day one update. Developer 343 Industries has rationalised this in a blog post by saying that the collection takes up almost all of a Blu-ray disc’s available space, meaning that remaining content will have to be downloaded at launch. Players will be able to play Campaign mode whilst the content is installing, while Multiplayer mode and other features will become available once it has completed.
“From the start, our philosophy has been to give Halo fans the best possible experience and not compromise the quality or features of the collection. The result is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will take up almost all of the usable space of a single Blu-ray (45 GB), and we will also issue a content update at launch that is estimated to be 20 GB. You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update. Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day.” — 343 Industries
New features have been added to the original games in the collection besides remastered graphics. There is now a Missions Setlist mode, where you can create custom sets of missions from across the four games, as well as extra prologue and epilogue cutscenes to link the series to Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases on November 11th, 2014, alongside the beta for Halo 5: Guardians, which serves as the sequel to Halo 4.
Included in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle is Halo 2 Anniversary, a full-blown remake of Halo 2 with impressive graphics only possible on the newer consoles. The game’s recently released cinematic trailer is very impressive, but just how much of an improvement is it over the original? A new comparison video shows similar clips from the two games side by side, so you can judge for yourself. Check the video out above!
In light of the recent announcement that the fifth installment of Master Chief’s saga won’t begin until the end of 2015, fans of the series have been left to wonder exactly what Microsoft meant when they insisted our Halo journey begins in 2014. But a recent rumor running rampant across the internet may give us the answer.
According to the rumor mill, Halo: The Master Chief Collection—a bundle that includes every numbered Halo title—is set to release this holiday season on Xbox One. While it’s merely assumption at this point, that assumption suggests Halo: Reach and Halo: ODST will be excluded from this bundle, as those are the only two titles that don’t include Master Chief.
It’s been heavily suggested a remastered version of Halo 2 would be released on Xbox One this holiday, so including the first, third, and fourth games would simply be an added treat to gamers waiting for an upgraded Halo 2. While this is merely rumor at this point, we should know for sure in a few short weeks at E3. Until then, sound off in the comments section.
As E3 comes ever closer, we are getting a slew of rumors that may or may not be true. However, some recent rumors that have popped up surrounding the Xbox One might actually be legitimate. Back in January, NeoGAF user ntkrnl posted some leaks containing certain details about upcoming Xbox One games that weren’t official—at least until some details came to light about certain games, like Sunset Overdrive. The leaks also included details concerning a Halo 2: Anniversary Edition and a sequel to the more arcade style Forza Horizon.
Here are some details about Sunset Overdrive’s plot in the Xbox One leak that weren’t officially confirmed until yesterday when Insomniac Games posted a gameplay trailer covering the plot and gameplay mechanics for their upcoming game:
“Sunset Overdrive is set in some weird fucking future (like 2020)
drinks this fucking drink, Overcharge XT or whatever and you either
turn into one of these giganto monsters or you die.
corp (Microsoft, lol) takes control of the city trying to wipe this shit
out, because its their drink and they fucked up.
Supposedly there is managed content that will be developed for an entire year, as it is an open/breathable world.” — ntkrnl
Other leaks have also seemingly been confirmed, like the Halo 2: Anniversary Edition being teased by Phil Spencer, who said we would be getting an anniversary version of Halo 2 like we did with Combat Evolved. Other leaks included were the white Xbox One, a Titanfall themed Xbox One, Halo 5 beta, Crackdown 3 coming in 2016, and a Xbox One game by PlatinumGames.
It seems like this guy’s leaks have been increasingly true as time goes on, so we might get to see some announcements of some of the games listed above at E3. What do you all think? Are the rumors by this person actually legit?
Microsoft’s E3 press conference had a very impressive teaser. A cloaked figure moving across the desert is ambushed. The hood is removed to reveal… Master Chief. The crowd’s applause roared over the audio. But… what did we really see at E3?
The reveal of Halo for Xbox One has many fans worried. Halo 2‘s tenth anniversary is next year, and many players want to celebrate with a remake. Did Microsoft’s E3 showing kill those chances?
“There was no ambiguity in not putting a number after the game. For me, what we showed wasn’t the game. Nobody should be confused on that. I didn’t really want to try to show something that was clearly a thought piece by the studio around where Master Chief is in his journey, and then drop the name after it and be somewhat disingenuous about that being the game.
“But I did want Bonnie to come out and say, ‘First-person shooter. Master Chief.’ Because they’ll get the questions – ‘Hey, is this ODST? What are you guys doing?’ Bonnie comes out and reaffirms that 343 is building this game. It’s Master Chief. It’s a first-person shooter at 60 frames per second. It’s coming in 2014.”-Phil Spencer, Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios
In other words, Halo isn’t quite ready to be shown yet. That begs the question, “why have a teaser?” Spencer has a response to that too.
“If you go back in Halo history, and I’ve been around all of the Halos since Halo 1… Halo usually has two E3s.”
So does this kill the chance of a Halo 2 remake, or is that just a dream that will never see the light? Phil Spencer has a very vague answer for you.
“I’ll be open. We have discussions about [Halo 2’s anniversary]. It’s more about the right time and making sure that we really would do the right thing for the franchise.
“The Halo Anniversary that we did was as much about the launch of the first Xbox as well. It was a culmination of many things coming together. It would probably run out of steam if we were trying to think about, ‘Okay, what’s 10 years old now?’ It’s definitely more from the game itself, the experience that we’re able to bring to market. Less about ‘Is the last digit a zero?’ in terms of its anniversary.”
What do you think? Would you like to see Halo 2 on Xbox One, or should Microsoft jump to make Halo 5? With a 2014 release window shown at E3, Master Chief is going to come back to Xbox next year, remake or original.