Halo 5: Guardians & Halo: The Master Chief Collection - First Look - E3 2014

Posted by The Daily Zombies Saturday, June 14, 2014

With Halo 5: Guardians set tot be released only next year, Microsoft and 343 Studios have just the right thing to tide you over to 2015 with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, collecting the entire flagship franchise of Xbox in one package. 

While Halo 5: Guardians will only be released in 2015, Microsoft and 343 Studios have no intentions to keep you away from their flagship franchise. Announced during Microsoft's E3 presentation, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released exclusively on Xbox One on November 11th, incidentally the tenth anniversary of Halo 2. Including Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and their multiplayer modes with a full set of add-on contents, all titles collected will also be receiving graphical upgrades with Halo 2, in particular, getting a high-definition overhaul not unlike Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. In addition, the release of The Master Chief Collection will also ship with access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.

Check out the trailer of Halo: The Master Chief Collection below followed by the recently-released trailer of Halo 5: Guardians.

And here's the latest trailer for the Beta run of Halo 5: Guardians.

Details from the official press release:

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Puts More Than a Decade of Halo on One Disc

Halo 5: Guardians may not be hitting until the fall of 2015, but faithful followers of Microsoft’s flagship first-person shooter can curb their Covenant-crushing appetite this November with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Landing just in time to celebrate Halo 2’s 10-year anniversary on November 11 of this year, this fan-pleasing package contains Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 on a single disc for $59.99.

More than a mere bundle of previously released games, however, The Master Chief Collection is a beast of an offering brimming with more bonuses, enhancements, and extras than you can shake an Energy Sword at. For starters, each title is optimized to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s power and will run at 60 frames-per-second. So, even the series’ most recent releases – Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 4 – will benefit from the jump to Xbox One, sporting much higher fidelity, better shadowing, reflection, and lighting effects, as well as an overall level of detail that trumps the previous console generation.

While Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 3, and Halo 4 will melt your eyeballs, Halo 2 raises the bar even further... then chucks it, javelin-style, through the heart of your high expectations. Because the Master Chief’s second outing is celebrating a big anniversary, his handlers are giving it an extra coat of awesome. All of the cinematics have received a retina-searing makeover courtesy of Blur Studios; the crazy-talented team is also applying the movie-making magic to a brand-new prologue and epilogue that sheds some light on the Chief’s forthcoming journey in Halo 5: Guardians.

Those who replay Halo 2 will also be treated to new narrative elements via story-expanding Terminals, much like those found in Combat Evolved Anniversary. Also like its predecessor, Halo 2 will see the addition of game-customizing Skulls, as well as the cool ability to swap between its original visual presentation and the optimized version at the touch of a button. Finally, Halo 2’s massive multiplayer following can celebrate the big 10 by diving into six map remakes, built from scratch for the Xbox One.

Speaking of fragging friends online, The Master Chief Collection features all the multiplayer content from each of the four games, including all previously released download-only maps. While sorting through this enormous amount of solo and multiplayer content might sound like a daunting task on par with fixing a Warthog flat, 343 Industries has got your back. Thanks to what they’re calling the Master Menu, players won’t have to hop from menu to menu when navigating this epic offering. All campaign chapters are unlocked from the get-go, so fans can use this intuitive interface to play any mission, any time, at any skill level. Multiplayer will also benefit from the Master Menu, as a variety of user-friendly, streamlined features – such as maps being broken into gameplay types – are being implemented.

The final game will also leverage this seamless UI to offer curated playlists, such as ones that, say, allow you to play through each of the four games’ final missions consecutively, or let you experience every Warthog mission in one sitting. While the prospect of piloting the Chief’s slick ride for several hours straight is exciting, it’s but just one of the reasons this collection will have you up way past the wee hours.

On top of all the tweaks and enhancements to four of our all-time favorite games, The Master Chief Collection also features the debut of Halo: Nightfall, an all-new digital series executive produced by legendary director Ridley Scott and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan(Battlestar Galactica, Heroes). While details on the project are protected as fiercely as UNSC secrets, we can reveal that the series – airing weekly – will tell the origin story of an all new character that is pivotal to Halo 5: Guardians.

While “Nightfall” will offer a tease of what’s to come in Halo 5: Guardians, The Master Chief Collection will give fans an actual taste of what it’s like to play it with access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. Welcoming fans this December, the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta offers a taste of the new multiplayer gameplay and features coming next year with the game’s full release.

Whether you’re a new Xbox One owner wondering what the fuss is about, or a seasoned Spartan looking to revisit gaming’s signature sci-fi epic, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a must-have that will keep you locked, loaded, and littering the landscape with Covenant corpses until Halo 5: Guardians lands next year.

Official promotional images for Halo 5: Guardians.

Official promotional images for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Images from the trailers.


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