The Halo: Master Chief Collection already leaked a few weeks ago, but Microsoft and developer 343 Industries officially announced it at E3 today. It’ll be out on November 11th this year, in tandem with Halo 2‘s 10 year anniversary, and will come with access to the beta for Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 will be on one disc and all be rendered in 60 frames per second and running at 1080p resolution on Xbox One. Each game will run on its own engine, meaning you’ll get to play all those multiplayer experiences pretty much as they were when they released, but optimized. In addition it will include over 100 multiplayer maps, every map ever made for Halo 1-4.
Since it is Halo 2‘s anniversary, it seems to be the focus of the HD collection. Part of that anniversary treatment includes six complete remakes of maps from Halo 2, built from scratch for the Xbox One. In that case, it will not run on the original Halo 2 engine as it is considered a bonus experience. Similar to Halo: Combat Evolved‘s anniversary edition, you’ll be able to switch between New and Classic modes in Halo 2‘s HD campaign. That means that with the click of a button, you can instantly experiencewhat Halo 2 used to look like ten years ago. And then with another click, you can switch right back.
You can see the Halo 2 anniversary announcement below:
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