Microsoft has made a lot of big news at today’s Gamescom event, and here we have yet another big announcement coming from them. They announced that the beta for Halo 5: Guardians will start on December 29th, 2014 and run until January 17th, 2015. For those who haven’t put that together, that is three weeks. THREE OF ‘EM!
343 went into more detail about the beta, revealing that it will have 7 maps and 3 different modes to play in that all tailor to 4 vs 4 combat. The beta will also include 11 weapons and customizable armor sets for everyone to play around with, though all players will begin each match with the same loadouts.
To gain access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta, you will have to have purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection which releases for Xbox One on November 11th, 2014.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is probably the best deal that gamers can get this year and maybe any other year. It collects all 4 of the Master Chief Halo games remastered in HD, while also containing a live-action series and a beta for Halo 5: Guardians.
Now 343 has revealed some new tidbits regarding this collection, and they are the following:
– It was planned years ago, with work beginning before Halo 4 was shipped
– It will also be available digitally, retaining all features of the physical version
– Halo 2 Anniversary, along with all other games in the collection, will contain separate online playlists dedicated to the online components of each respective game.
– Halo 2 originally ran at 30FPS and is now running at 60FPS, so the team is rebalancing everything to keep it all synced.
The fact that each game will have dedicated playlists makes me very happy, because that means that we’ll be able to play Halo 2 again without having to deal with maps funneling in from other games in the series. Pretty much all my questions have been answered regarding this collection now, and the answers were all the ones I was hoping for. Well done, 343, well done.
343 Industries has finally confirmed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is in fact in development and will be coming to Xbox One on November 11th. The collection will include all Master Chief entries in the series; which are Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4.
Even better, the collection will include all of the multiplayer maps of every game, which tallies up to over 100 maps. The whole thing will run in 1080p/60 FPS and will have 4000 possible Gamerscore to unlock.
What has me most excited is that Halo 2 will, in fact be getting the full remaster treatment. This means that the whole game is being remastered, and its original phenomenal multiplayer will be back as it originally was 10 years ago.
Also, the collection will include a live-action series called Halo: Nightfall that is being made by Ridley Scott that will bridge the gap between Halo 4 and Halo 5.
Lastly, this collection will also include a Halo 5: Guardians beta that will be unleashed this December.
Check out the trailer for it below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjDYIqwJLHw’%5D
Master Chief’s entire story thus far may be getting a next-gen overhaul, if reports are to be believed.
Engadget is the one reporting the news and claims that the collection will contain Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Being the Master Chief collection, it is likely that Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach won’t be included. However, I find it kind of strange that Halo: Reach wouldn’t get some kind of remaster, due to the fact that it’s considered one of the finest entries in the series.
This is all supposedly being done to refresh gamers on Master Chief’s entire story leading up to Halo 5: Guardians. Still, this is just a rumor and there have been no reports of a remaster of several Halo games in one package before.
I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for a Halo 2 Anniversary re-release, but if this is true then it looks like that will be thrown in with all the other games. Remasters of the others would be cool, but all i’m really interested in is reliving the phenomenal multiplayer that Halo 2 championed back in 2004.