Halo: Combat Evolved’s Blood Gulch – and the Halo 2 remake, Coagulation is one of the most iconic first-person maps of all-time. For the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the map is called Bloodline, and according to Xbox Wire, features a number of changes to keep things fresh. It’s like a “Best Of” collection for all the iterations of Blood Gulch. Longtime players will note new additions, like the UNSC Hornets from Halo 3 behind each base and a small bridge to the side that offers new areas of cover for players attacking it.
As part of the Halo 2: Anniversary selection – rather than just bringing the original Halo 2 version of Coagulation to The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries partnered with Certain Affinity to remake it (along with five other Halo 2 maps) from the ground up, making it bigger, better, and deadlier than ever before.
We’ll have a review out in due course as Halo: The Master Chief Collection hits retailers on November 11th 2014.
The story of how 343 Industries brought Halo 2 to a new generation while honoring its fabled past will be told this Halloween on October 31st 2014. The full documentary will be available from the Xbox Video Store as detailed below…
“How do you remake a title that is so beloved by fans? How do you decide what must stay the same and what can be updated? It takes an army to build any game and we realized this process was one that the Halo Nation rarely gets a glimpse into,” said Tina Summerford, Director of Programming for 343 Industries. “We hit the road to capture the process from top to bottom, talking to all of the key players who helped bring Halo 2: Anniversary into the next gen and giving our fans unprecedented access to this process.”
Throughout the game’s development 343 Industries travelled the world, capturing the perspectives of 343’s expansive team of creative partners, Halo fans, pro players, and industry experts to tell the story behind the story millions know and love. With over four-hundred hours of footage and more than 80 interviews, they had what they needed to complete their story.
“We made some pretty important discoveries along the way,” said Summerford. “As we got deeper into the project, we realized we couldn’t talk about Halo 2’s impact on the industry without telling the story of Halo’s origins. It’s pretty awesome to hear the original team from Bungie talk about the beginning of this franchise and it’s something we think both new and old fans will appreciate”.
The documentary includes never-before-seen story elements and footage from Halo 2: Anniversary and features interviews with high-profile Halo contributors Bonnie Ross, Frank O’Connor, Dan Ayoub, and Phil Spencer, as well as members of the original Halo 2 team » Continue Reading.
Frank O’Connor, boss of 343 Industries has apologised for a 20GB day-one download for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
It was announced that as well taking up the full 45 gigabytes that a Blu-Ray could hold, there would be an additional 20gig day-one update for the Halo Master Chief Collection. O’Connor address a forum post on NeoGAF saying:
The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discss. Since the bulk of it is MP or MP related, the logic is sound. There will ALSO be a TU in there, but that in itself is a tiny fraction of the content.
He believes that it will be all worth in the end but he understands how frustrating it will be for some.
Will this convince you to go for a digital version or will you stick with the disc? Let us know below.
Dan Ayoub Studio Head from the Halo External Development team at 343 Industries today headed over to Xbox Wire to post an updated on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We’ve summarised some of the key points or you can read the full post below.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gone gold and is now available for Pre-Order & Pre-Download today. November 11th remains the release date for the US and majority of other territories. However delays are to be expected in Belgium, France and Japan. The 45GB Blu-Ray Halo: The Master Chief Collection will ship on is near to full. Therefore a Day One update is required and will be 20GB in size. You can immediately play the Campaign whilst the update is downloading and installing. Spartan Ops Halo 4, will now release in December via a secondary update. Only 26 more sleeps to go.
Keep your eyes on ThisisXbox.com for a full review shortly after release day.
It’s been a long, crazy, exciting road, and we’re finally getting close to launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection in November. I wanted to personally share some big status updates with you. Let’s start with the biggest:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gone GOLD!
This is a massive milestone for the team and also means that the game will be available for Pre-Order and Pre-Download later today. I couldn’t be more excited to start having fans grab this game online so everyone can hit the ground running on release day! The team has been working incredibly hard to make this happen, so we’re all eager for you to play this labor of love.
One of the questions we get asked most is about worldwide release plans. The » Continue Reading.
What better way to start the day than to watch an hour of Halo 2 multiplayer on the Xbox One. 343 Industries got together some of their best players to show off two maps, Ascension and Sanctuary. The players involved were Mason “Neighbor” Cobb, Eric “GH057ayame” Hewitt, Sean “DeRsKy” Swidersky and Vartan “Killer V” Karakashyan and they played 5 matches of Team Slayer.
Greetings from Spain! I’m a fellow Halo fan and a die hard fan of the multiplayer matches. You may not know me, but we’ve sure met in battle. I’m writing this calling every gamer, every Halo fan out there, hoping that you can understand what we’re living here with the upcoming release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
I would like to start with a little recap. In 2004, Microsoft had the “brilliant” idea of dubbing Halo 2 with what they called “neutral Spanish” (some kind of made-up language that mixes several Spanish dialects and accents), and they decided to dub it in LA with a bunch of non-professional actors. The result was a total disaster, an embarrasing voice work that has generated thousands of memes and jokes during the past decade. It didn’t please the fans from Spain, nor the fans from America. A couple of awful examples (with terrible voice acting):
However, Microsoft stated, back in the day: “Halo 2 is so good, our spanish-speaking friends will soon forget about the voice acting”. Amazing. Yet Microsoft decided to let it go, and did nothing to fix that back in the day.
Now, in 2014, Microsoft announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with Halo 2 Anniversary included within it. We fans thought that this was a GOLDEN opportunity to ammend such a terrible mistake, but (quite unsurprisingly), Microsoft again decided to do nothing, but they’ve screwed the language even further: they’ve removed the original dub and, instead of re-dubbing it (Halo CEA had Captain Keyes re-dubbed, since the original audios from Bungie were missing), they’re releasing the game in full English. This is absurd due to one main reason: Halo – The Master Chief Collection has » Continue Reading.
Halo – one of Microsoft’s greatest franchises of all time that started life on the original Xbox more than ten years ago from the original developers’ Bungie. Now in the hands of 343i the franchise has been revived and now revisited as the Master Chief Collection for Xbox One brings all four games featuring the ‘Chief on to our newer consoles with enhancements. 60FPS fluid movement, touch-ups, all maps and content unlocked from the start, and a completely re-touched Halo 2 Anniversary Edition ensuring all multiplayer matches across all games featured have the same Halo 2 ranking system.
During Gamescom, Microsoft and 343i announced that a new Halo Channel will also hit the Xbox One from November 2014 and will be a new destination for all-things Halo related. This could be a next-gen alternative to Halo Waypoint which was a last-gen app for stats, news and updates within the Halo Universe. The Halo Channel will allow you to access behind the scenes footage from Halo Master Chief Collection, Halo Nightfall and the upcoming Halo 5 Guardians. It’s assumed to be always updated with new content.
As part of the Halo 2 Anniversary Edition within the collection, the Halo Booth at Gamescom in Cologne was showing a fully playable fan-favourite map known as Ascension. It hasn’t kept its original name as the map is renamed Zenith, but for all the Halo fans out there you are likely to be aware that the iconic Ascension with it’s famous centre piece battle hot-spot was also in Halo: Reach as a map named Pinnacle. I have to be completely honest now in that I wasn’t over impressed with Zenith and I would rather have seen a map that hadn’t been re-made in Halo: Reach. Although in terms of visual quality and the » Continue Reading.
Take a first look at the overhauled Halo 2: Anniversary cut-scenes in this trailer from Blur Studio. Included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection as part of Halo 2: Anniversary, the cut-scenes immerse fans into the critically acclaimed story and complement fully the re-mastered campaign gameplay.
In addition to Halo 2: Anniversary celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Halo: The Master Chief Collection also features Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. This is the definitive Halo experience, coming November 11, 2014.