343 Relaunching Halo Games as Halo: Master Chief Collection
In the run-up to the launch of Halo 5, 343 Industries and Microsoft are re-releasing all of Master Chief’s previous adventures in one huge, ridiculous collection.
Known as the Halo: Master Chief Collection, the Xbox One title includes Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 in one package. It’ll also include an “anniversary” edition of Halo 2 in honor of the game’s original release 10 years ago, which means you can play a retouched version of Halo 2, or play it as it was originally released.
The anniversary edition of Halo 2 includes six retouched multiplayer maps from the original game, and Microsoft showed off the Ascension map during its E3 2014 press conference on Monday.
Master Chief Collection sounds to be a huge amount of Halo. In addition to being able to play all four games through as they originally released, the package includes a “cross-mission playlist” that gives you something of a Halo’s Greatest Hits experience. The idea of bringing all the content together is to give players a look back at Master Chief’s history, which will be relevant to the story being told in Halo 5, as Chief looks to find himself after the events of Halo 4.
According to the press conference, the Master Chief Collection also includes all the multiplayer content ever released across the first four Halo titles, which amounts to “hundreds” of maps. They’ll all be available in 1080p at 60 frames per second, as well.
You’ll also get access to the live-action series “Halo: Nightfall” and the Halo 5: Guardians beta that’s set to go live in December if you grab the Master Chief Collection. The title is set to release on Nov. 11.