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Halo: Master Chief Collection announced

Halo is one of those megafranchises that refuses to die. Why, it's even survived the IP being transferred from its birth company to its current owner. In fact, it's in the process of expanding. Not only Halo 5 scheduled for the near future, there is a Ridley Scott film and a Spielberg TV series being produced. Microsoft's massive investment is a way to guarantee that people will always come back to Xbox consoles to play the latest installation of the games.


But when Microsoft released Xbox One, it was revealed that the old Xbox and Xbox 360 disks weren't going to work on the new systems. How would Microsoft bring in new audience smack dab in the middle of a series? Remaster the previous games for the new console, of course. For the Xbox One and the duration of its decade-long product cycle, Microsoft's 343 Industries studio has ported over Halo Anniversary and Halo 3 to Xbox One. They have also remastered Halo 2 into an HD game, complete with lush CG cinematics by the famed VFX company, Blur Studio, who makes all your favorite game trailers.

Halo 2 is a curious game. It contains the meat of the Halo trilogy's main plot and delves into the minds of humanity's enemies, but it earned the ire of Halo fans by making them play the game as someone who is not the Master Chief and by ending the game without a clear cut resolution. I personally laud Bungie for taking a more adventurous structure with the game, and for making the Covenant Empire one of the most compelling scifi civilization ever written.


Also included in the collection is something called Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer mode, which features a mysterious new character who is seen conversing with the Arbiter.

With so many projects lined up, it seems like the Halo series will march on well into the 2010s and maybe even 2020s. And rightfully so. It's a fascinating universe filled with multi-faceted characters and endless possibilities. I can't wait to see what the franchise brings next, but in the meantime, I'll be glad to take a ride around the original series one more time.


Random thoughts:


The trailer shows Halo 2 cutscenes in HD video. I wonder if Halo 1 and 3 cutscenes will also be remastered by Blur.

I've actually been playing Halo 3 recently. I hate the Flood so much.

I'm kinda disappointed that Lord Admiral Hood doesn't look like Ron Perlman anymore. (Ron Perlman was the voice actor.)

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