At E3 today, Microsoft announced the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection
for Xbox One. This anthology of Halo awesomeness will include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
, Halo 3
, and Halo 4
all on a single disc for $59.99. They provided a debut trailer to whet the appetites of Halo fans:
More than a mere bundle of previously released games, however, “The Master Chief Collection” is a beast of an offering brimming with more bonuses, enhancements, and extras than you can shake an Energy Sword at. For starters, each title is optimized to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s power and will run at 60 frames-per-second. So, even the series’ most recent releases – “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” and “Halo 4” – will benefit from the jump to Xbox One, sporting much higher fidelity, better shadowing, reflection, and lighting effects, as well as an overall level of detail that trumps the previous console generation.
While all of the titles will receive improvement for the move to Xbox One, Halo 2
is receiving extra-special treatment because of its upcoming tenth anniversary.
All of the cinematics have received a retina-searing makeover courtesy of Blur Studios; the crazy-talented team is also applying the movie-making magic to a brand-new prologue and epilogue that sheds some light on the Chief’s forthcoming journey in “Halo 5: Guardians.”
Those who replay “Halo 2” will also be treated to new narrative elements via story-expanding Terminals, much like those found in “Combat Evolved Anniversary.” Also like its predecessor, “Halo 2” will see the addition of game-customizing Skulls, as well as the cool ability to swap between its original visual presentation and the optimized version at the touch of a button. Finally, “Halo 2’s” massive multiplayer following can celebrate the big 10 by diving into six map remakes, built from scratch for the Xbox One.
The new offering will be made much easier to navigate with the new Master Menu:
All campaign chapters are unlocked from the get-go, so fans can use this intuitive interface to play any mission, any time, at any skill level. Multiplayer will also benefit from the Master Menu, as a variety of user-friendly, streamlined features – such as maps being broken into gameplay types – are being implemented.
The final game will also leverage this seamless UI to offer curated playlists, such as ones that, say, allow you to play through each of the four games’ final missions consecutively, or let you experience every Warthog mission in one sitting.
In addition to all this great game content, the collection will include the debut episode of the new Halo
-inspired television series Halo: Nightfall
, produced by the legendary Ridley Scott. The weekly, all-digital series will provide backstory to the new pivotal character in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians
Those who purchase the Master Chief collection will also have access to the multi-player of Halo 5: Guardians
, so not only can players see what's coming, but they can actually play it.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
will release on November 11th in celebration of Halo 2
's tenth anniversary.