During E3 last week, Microsoft unveiled Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the exclusive Xbox One must-have for the fall season.
IGN managed to get some exclusive footage of Halo 2: Anniversary Edition from the upcoming Master Chief Collection and it all comes courtesy of YouTube user Halo Follower.
We learn quite a bit about the upcoming collection, including things like offline and online co-op. Yep, for Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4, you'll be able to do online cooperative for those games, with Halo 3 and Halo 4 supporting four-player co-op online.
In addition to this, Forge is making a return for the last three Halo titles, enabling players to modify, create and share content with friends.
The team from 343 also explain that each of these games will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second. Interestingly enough, only Halo 2 is getting the graphics overhaul treatment (given that it's the game's anniversary). The original Halo: Combat Evolved will be the Anniversary Edition from the Xbox 360, and the game's graphics switch will stay consistent with that version.
Halo 3 and Halo 4 won't be getting any graphics overhauls. They will stay the same as they were when they released on the Xbox 360.
In addition to Halo 2 getting a cosmetic facelift to the lighting, models, textures and geometry, the game's cinematics will also receive a complete remake at the hands of the highly respectable cinematic studio, Blur. That's right, the same company that did many notable CGI trailers for some of the biggest media properties out there – including but not limited to Mass Effect 2, Elder Scrolls Online, Far Cry 3, Batman, Halo 4 and that award-worthy DC Universe Online trailer – will be remaking all the cinematics of Halo 2 in high-fidelity CGI; more than 60 minutes worth, to be exact.
This collection is shaping up to be one of the very best game collections ever made. I have no qualms or issues to bring forward regarding this title because this is one of the rare times where $60 almost seems like a complete steal for all the content and replayability gamers will be getting with the Master Chief Collection. The only thing that would make this even better is if they took a page out of Nintendo's book (or Bungie's) and kept the option to allow split-screen local multiplayer to be played online cooperatively or competitively. That was one of the best features for when you invited friends over and then played on the same team in an online match.
You'll be able to get your hands on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, exclusively for the Xbox One, starting November 11th. Purchasing the game will also grant you early access to Halo 5: Guardians' multiplayer beta.