Halo 2 Anniversary Will Contain Extra Story That Connects To Halo 5

By Spencer . July 24, 2014 . 12:21pm

At Comic-Con today, 343 Industries and Microsoft discussed Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a compilation of the four Halo games for Xbox One. Naturally, there was a focus on Halo 2, but 343 discussed other aspects of the collection, too. Here are some of the points that stood out to us.




343 have created playlists for each game, comprising of different missions that you can play back-to-back. The interesting thing is that they’ve even created playlists that go between games. These are some of the cross-game playlists we spotted:


Epic Battles


Final Four (this contained all four escape scenes from each game, back-to-back)

Tanks, Tanks, Tanks

Master Chief Saga (the entire story spanning all four games)


343 said that, following the game’s launch, they’ll watch for feedback from fans and create additional missions for The Master Chief collection accordingly.




Players can choose a game mode and then vote on which engine they want to use to play with. So, for example, you could select Deathmatch and then vote for the Halo 3 engine or the Halo 2 Anniversary’s engine.


Halo 2 Anniversary plays identically to Halo 2. The Anniversary version actually uses the code from Halo 2 on Xbox with two rendering engine. You’ll be able to switch between the two versions on-the-fly and this won’t involve a fade to black like it did in Halo 1 Anniversary.


On that note, the Halo 2 Anniversary’s multiplayer was developed in consultation with Max Oberman, who designed the multiplayer for Halo 2. Oberman also created six remastered maps for Halo 2 Anniversary. You can choose between these maps or the original versions.


Extra scenes:


Finally, 343 also revealed that Halo 2 Anniversary has hidden terminals with extra story scenes. These contain motion comic videos and in many cases will connect to Halo 5: Guardians. The scenes focus on the Arbiter, who was introduced in Halo 2.

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  • MaidKillua

    Basically the only reason I want an Xbox one at this point but not enough of an incentive to actually spend the cash on one

    • Wow, get out of my head ._.

    • Andrés González

      Same here.

    • subsamuel01

      I`ll get one eventually, just waiting for a redesign. Console itself is way to big to put anywhere.

      • andref

        Is it bigger than the ps4? or even the 360?

        • subsamuel01

          Its bigger than the original fat PS3 and its heavy. Looks like a VCR, I know they will eventually release a slim version which is why I want to wait it out.

          • andref

            Thanks for that info. I was thinking it would be about the size of the 360 and not return to the size of bulk of the original xbox.

          • Vesperion

            It was made that way to prevent overheating , so there wouldn’t be any red ring errors this time. Just a bunch of empty space inside really.

    • CivilRobo

      Scalebound? Sunset Overdrive? And Halo 5 is coming later. Looks good to me

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        You didn’t mention Phantom Dust, the remake/sequel of one of the best action/collectible-based games ever made and arguably one of the best original Xbox games.

  • PreyMantis

    I hope system link multiplayer is still possible. Those times playing with your friends on the same room were the greatest.

    • Michael Kelehan

      My roommate and I both connect to XBL all the time. I’d imagine that, even if there’s no system link, you’ll be able to do it. But it should definitely have system link, because that’s a little easier and performs better.

      • PreyMantis

        Yes, XBL is great, but it’s still not the same as playing together on the same room with a bunch of buddies going apeshit when someone gets shot.

        • Michael Kelehan

          I’m saying that for games that don’t support system link, we both connect to each other through XBL while we’re in the same room.

          • PreyMantis

            And play 8-16 players with only two to four consoles?

        • Bobby

          Ah the irony in buying a “next gen” console and hd remake with hopes of being able to.have a LAN party

  • triablos

    Ugh, halo is the game I’m going to miss the most this gen (I’ve decided to go with PlayStation this time). I went with Xbox 360 this gen, and I don’t regret it at all, but there was quite a few games I wanted that were ps3 exclusive.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I love me some Arbiter. In fact, I know I’m in the minority, but Halo 2 is my favorite in the series story wise. Seeing Chief and the Arbiter in action was epic…not to mention that voice!

    • Kai2591

      Yes. Need more Arbiter.

    • Raltrios

      I can’t help but get that Microsoft voice in my head from Arby n’ the Chief when somebody mentions him. It always takes me a moment to get the correct one XP

  • Bobby

    So they threw in some motion comic scenes and that merits a new trilogy and MCSHD remake collection?? C’mon ppl halo 1-3 were great for their times but how long will u go along w/ the milking? It’s worse than CoD now imo

    • The Watcher

      There are about 21 CoD games and only 9 Halo games. Please tell me how it’s worse that CoD milking?

      • Bobby

        K maybe I over-exaggerated a bit both series are dead and being dragged thru the mud tho its just sad people continue to “support” them, that was the point o was goin for. I loved halo 1-3 and CoD 2 (not MW or BO, just plain ol CoD) but its so obvious that they have been diminished to marketing tools

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