At its core, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a remake of older games in the franchise. That doesn’t mean that users can’t expect a ton new content when the game launches as two videos posted online revealed this week.
Microsoft provided new glimpses of the upcoming game and at RTX 2014, or what most gaming industry insiders refer know as the Rooster Teeth Expo.
The trailer for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection focuses on just two things. First, it’s almost completely made up of what appears to be in-game footage. As such, it reveals the graphics that users can expect when they pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection later this year. According to Xbox Wire, the video is actually a trailer for the story that the game’s hidden terminals. The trailer completely focuses on The Arbiter, a member of the alien race known as the Covenant, that helps the series’ protagonist, The Master Chief, save humanity from destruction in later games.
That Microsoft produced a trailer for the terminals alone seems strange since Halo players already know how the story ends. However, packing in more information about characters is a great way to get hard-core Halo fans excited or Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Microsoft announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection at E3 2014. It’s an entire top-to-bottom remake of all Halo games to feature the Master Chief. That includes Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Each section of the game will include its own remastered high-definition graphics and multiplayer mode.
The second video is actually a recording of a panel Halo developer 343 Industries held at PAX. It includes tons of video showcasing the user interface and playlist creation that’s going into Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Later in the video two speakers breakdown what users can expect from the refreshed Halo 2 Anniversary game that’ll be included inside Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Custom playlists for the game will include Ricochet, a game type that’s sort of like soccer but played inside the Halo 2 multiplayer. Race will allow users to ride in-game vehicles and race against their friends. Swat will drop Halo 2’s shields and motion trackers for a bit of added fun. Finally, Infection will let The Master Chief Collection buyers turn other players into zombies who also track to infect other players. New guns and vehicles are also shown in the second video. All of them will make it into the Halo 2 Anniversary portion of The Master Chief Collection as well.
All told, Halo: The Master Chief Collection looks to be every bit as huge and exciting as Microsoft said back at E3 2014. This is the only time that an overwhelming majority of Halo games have been made available on a single Xbox console. Halo and Halo 2 were produced for the original Xbox. Halo 3 and Halo 4 were for the Xbox 360. Unfortunately for Xbox 360 users, that console won’t be theirs.
By packing these games into one title Microsoft is trying to convince longtime Halo fans to purchase the Xbox One, its latest gaming console. That Halo: The Master Chief Collection convinces these users to upgrade to the Xbox One is crucial to the console’s success this holiday season. The Xbox One release calendar is particularly barren of high-profile Xbox One exclusives this year. That isn’t to say that users won’t have plenty to play — games produced by third-parties like Assassin’s Creed Unity are still on the way. The trouble is that they’re also available on Sony’s PS4 gaming console.
When Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches on November 11th it’ll cost Xbox One owners $60.