One of the many announcements that came from Microsoft’s E3 media briefing on Monday was Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This bundle will arrive on November 11th, 2014 in honor of Halo 2 releasing ten years ago to date.
The Master Chief Collection will contain Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 all on a single disc and will be released in November for the Xbox One. If that doesn’t sound interesting already, how does adding in a $60 price tag for everything that is included sound? While each title has been optimized to take advantage of the tech behind the Xbox One, Halo 2 has been given the same treatment as the original Halo did with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
Halo 2 Anniversary will have the same ability to switch between “Classic mode” and “Anniversary mode” with a single button press. It will also have several terminals that explore the Halo universe that will be hidden throughout the campaign levels. Game altering skulls will also be added to give you a different experience while playing through levels. All of these features and the campaign levels for each game will be unlocked straight from the beginning as well.
In terms of multiplayer, each game will run on its native engine with online capabilities. Yes, that means you can play the original Halo multiplayer on Xbox LIVE finally! Every single map from each game, including the extra maps that served as DLC post-release will be available to play on. Six maps from Halo 2 are being remade from the ground up as well, but it is unknown at this time what game will use these new maps.
Also included with the Master Chief Collection will be Halo: Nightfall, a live-action series that will air weekly. While details are scarce on this, we do know that it will tell the origin of the new character starring in Halo 5: Guardians. On the topic of Halo 5, the collection will also include access to the multiplayer beta that will drop this December.