During Microsoft’s Gamescom conference, 343 Industries showed off new gameplay for Halo 2: Anniversary, which will come bundled with Halo: The Master Chief Collection in November. In the days after the conference, the publisher and developer released screenshot comparisons showing off the improvements in both single and multiplayer, and they look pretty spectacular.
Considering that Halo 2 is ten years old, the game still looks good for a first-generation Xbox title. To this day, it remains the staple of Xbox Live multiplayer, with the series being closely associate with the Xbox brand since its inception. The leap from Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 2 was as huge as it was impressive, with the game being praised for its story (not so much the cliffhanger), AI, characters, music, and graphics. Now, ten years later, they’ve made another massive leap, and – whether you’re a fan or not – the screenshots are quite impressive.
They take place in the single player level ‘Delta Halo’ and the multiplayer map ‘Sanctuary’ (now dubbed ‘Shrine’), showing off gorgeous vistas, stellar character details, and a remarkably improved waterfall. Needless to say, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a must-buy for any fan of the series.
While the game looks fantastic, it isn’t just Halo 2: Anniversary that’s getting a makeover: the screenshots come after the announcement that Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and all the games and features within, will be available to play directly through the ‘Halo Channel’ – 343 Industries’ hub for all things Halo over the next few years. Essentially a new-and-improved Halo Waypoint, the Halo Channel will be available for free on Xbox One, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.1.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches for Xbox One on November 11.