Microsoft Believes ‘Halo 2′ Remake Would Have to ‘Nail’ Multiplayer

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Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer

At this point it seems an inevitability that the Halo game Microsoft promised Xbox One owners this year will be none other than Halo 2: Anniversary. Details on the title were leaked earlier this year, and even the voice of Master Chief accidentally confirmed the project during an interview, so now eager fans are just waiting on an official confirmation — which will likely come during Microsoft’s jam-packed E3 2014 press conference.

Despite all of the evidence suggesting that Halo 2: Anniversary will be arriving later this year, Microsoft won’t confirm its existence (which, in all honesty, is understandable), but Microsoft Studios head honcho Phil Spencer was more than willing to play coy about the supposed software during GDC 2014.

The hypothetical details on the rumored Halo 2 remake surfaced during an interview between IGN and Spencer, who was said to have been cracking a rather suspicious smile while talking about what a high-definition remake of the classic Xbox shooter would focus on. Much to the surprise of very few longtime fans, multiplayer would understandably have to be at the forefront and focus of development for a Halo 2: Anniversary.

“In this fictitious world where that game existed, it’s an easy answer: it has to be just the multiplayer experience that we all found in that first Halo 2 game. If you think about what happened in the franchise and what were the hallmark moments — when did dual-wielding come in, when did another playable character that wasn’t Master Chief come in?”

“All the things that you and I know about the evolution of the franchise, if you’re going to say one thing about Halo 2, you’re going to talk about real multiplayer. I think you just have to nail that in just such a fundamentally core way. Frankly [we’d have to do it] probably better than we did with Halo 1 Anniversary. I thought the multiplayer in Halo 1 Anniversary was good, but Halo 1 never had multiplayer in the truest sense, so it always was going to be something different.”

Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer Screenshots

Spencer wrapped up his chat about what he’d expect from Halo 2: Anniversary — if such a product were to ever exist — by recapping that the multiplayer would simply “have to be fantastic.”

“If there were something called Halo 2 Anniversary, I think the multiplayer would have to be fantastic.”

It’s hard to believe that the followup to Bungie’s first Halo title will have hit the original Xbox 10 years ago this November, but it’s smart (provided the game is a legitimately in development) that Microsoft plans on releasing a remake of the title to commemorate the anniversary. As Spencer mentioned in his initial statement, there are a number of cool features and gameplay options that debuted in Halo 2, all of which contribute to a strong sense of nostalgia for fans of the sequel. Dual-wielding, the debut of playable Elites, online multiplayer, and much more are trademarks of the classic game, and any HD remake worth its salt would be crazy to leave those elements out.

Halo 2: Anniversary is currently without a release date, nor is it even officially announced, but many believe that it’ll likely hit Xbox One on November 9, 2014 — exactly 10 years after Halo 2‘s original 2004 launch.

Would you pick up Halo 2: Anniversary for Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!


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Source: IGN

TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo, Halo 2: Anniversary, Microsoft, Xbox One

  • bio

    I think almost all of us would agree. That we would like a Halo 2 anniversary for nestelgia of it’s mulitplayer. Back when Xbox live felt more simple and that sound when ever some one invited you to a stupid guild or sent you a message. I miss that sound so much.

  • DarthMalnu

    This is proof positive that Halo is in entirely the wrong hands. Halo is one of the few FPS franchises that had an excellent campaign that actually mattered, and was well crafted and loved. Of course the multiplayer is insanely popular, but the entire point of doing an HD remake is for the campaign. I also find it insanely disrespectful to say Halo 1 didn’t have “true multiplayer” when he actually meant “not monetized on xbox live”.

    • Alter


    • Rob Keyes

      Nailed it.

      Halo 1 offered the best LAN parties of my life.

  • TaboriHK

    This is what is known as “pre-hype.” Whenever the parties partially or wholly responsible say things like, “we wouldn’t even consider it unless we could do absolutely perfectly,” what they’re saying is, “I want to plant the seed in your head that this game is going to be better than you imagined when we announce it later”

    • Riley Little

      I 100% agree with you. He’s dropping seeds that he knows fans will sow.

  • bio

    I guess I was wrong.

  • Expired Cake Mix

    I just want it on Xbox 360 as well. They could run it through halo 4 or whatever, i dont care. It just stands to reason that we should have it on 360, because they released Halo 1 Anniversary on it, and we already had halo 3. We should be able to have the full original trilogy on one console, as a sort of final farewell to a console generation, and to the franchise that really fueled Xbox’s success.

    • Riley Little

      It’d be nice and it’s certainly possible. At this point, however, Microsoft is going to be pushing for consumers to jump over to the Xbox One, so I don’t think they’ll be doing that. Who knows though, I’d like to be wrong!

      • Expired Cake Mix

        Yeah, it might just be a fool’s hope on my part, because I am sticking with 360 and not going to the next generation. I just don’t find videogames fun enough anymore to justify spending thousands on consoles and games in the long run. But I would dearly love to revisit Halo 2 in my own home on the 360. And it’s more than possible; the original ran on a console from about 13 years ago, it would run beautifully and more efficiently on the 360.

        Not that it shouldn’t be released on the One, I just think it should be released on both, because to be honest, it’s not a game that requires the advantage of the next gen power now.

  • Cariannis

    What was wrong with Halo 2’s multiplayer? I thought it had the best lan and some of the funnest if not the best Live matches I’ve ever had.

  • DeathFX

    Update the graphics, keep every single Halo 2 map this time. Same exact game better graphics and I will love it! Same ranking system as well! I loved everything about Halo 2, don’t put sprinting in the game, don’t add equipment, no abilities, just keep everything exactly the same as the original game. 343 has pro gamers working for them now, so I’m not worried about the competitive multiplayer, I’m just worried they’re going to add shit to the game that huge Halo 2 fans aren’t going to like. If the sniping is exactly the same that would be awesome too! I would love to see the glitches again, but I know not to actually expect that, but I know those made Halo 2 soooo much more competitive and it was great! If the gameplay is based off of Halo 4’s Multiplayer, I will be extremely disappointed. Halo 4’s multiplayer is good, but there’s too much in it, so if they want to do better than they did with the Halo CE Anniversary. They need to make the multiplayer a lot more legit and the Halo CE Anniversary was. I know they won’t mess up the campaign though which is great!

    • DarthMalnu

      This is all I ask for too, all they have to do is make it prettier that’s all. The terminals in Halo 1 Anniversary were cool, I could take them or leave them. About the only addition I would want are achievements as the achievements in the first anniversary were actually pretty good and fun to get. As far as I’m concerned Halo 2’s multiplayer was perfect as is, and the fact that they seem intent on “making it fantastic” tells me they want to fix what isn’t broken.

  • jonniboye

    Halo 2 was and always will be my favorite multiplayer game ever. Every single map was indescribably awesome, which is why they constantly remake those maps on subsequent games. Just like DeathFX said everything about Halo 2 multiplayer was perfect (except maybe a small part of the ranking aspect where one could lose several ranks in a short time simply because their teammates couldn’t contribute in matches) and the combat was well balanced. I too prefer the simplistic version of Halo multiplayer without all the ordnance drops and armor abilities, where teams could square off against one another fighting for the big gun spawns and the high ground in a map.

    They’re making multiplayer way too technical nowadays when all we really want is to go back to the roots and have a good old fashioned brawl with an assault rifle and pistol. If they bring back halo 2 multiplayer exactly as it was I will buy both the game and Xbox Live (which I do not ever buy typically) without a second thought.

  • specialbrew

    if they are releasing halo 2. that will make me buy a xbox 1. for sure without doubt. but for gods sake dont give it armour class abilities, weapon drops etc. halo 2 mp was my reason for buying a console, the way it played then, graphic update only reqired dont fudge with the classic.

  • specialbrew

    also how many online players have left halo since 2 and 3. because since halo 3 i swear they’ve lost numbers when halos changed to cod like loadouts etc. call of duty perfected their “style” halo creators stick to original halo 2-3 mp style. best way to keep original audience was offering the diff style.

  • AlexMech

    Here’s the rub, you will NEVER make Halo2 Anniversary and make it better than the original. Halo Anniversary was great, but you could only go as good as the original (the 3D was a cool touch) and the re-mastering of the music was OK sometimes, bordered on brilliant other times, but never really succeeded at making you love the moments MORE than you did the first time. And the lack of the original maps, the re-makes? That was sad, like some of you the LAN parties were stellar in that game, and getting to grin at the guy you just flattened was great. But the campaign was and is the driving force of the game…why ELSE would it matter if we could play as Elites? Why would we all get such a feral grin? Halo 2 introduced an old concept to the uneducated masses of gamers out there as well, a caste driven personal honor hero who’s name was a hint at his intentions. The Arbiter was a great vehicle for a story expansion and exploration, and after him the number of dedicated Elite players in Halo 3 and Reach was impressive.

    So, multiplayer? Nope. NOT MULTIPLAYER. It was a creator not of concepts, but of mechanics. The Campaign was the reason we all wanted the story to continue. Get it right 343i, focus your efforts of making it MATTER to us that the story continue, and let multiplayer handle itself. I think they have enough proof in the fail that was Halo 4 multiplayer that it should not be that big a leap of logic. Oh and one last thing….the Forge. If you can’t do it right leave it ALONE.

  • http://gamerant goldenknight

    I don’t see what the big issue is. I very much enjoyed halo 4 multiplayer. it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t truly great either. I am upset on the fact Bungie is doing halo but if 343i didn’t take over we most likely wouldn’t see master chief or another halo game again.

  • davis

    Id legimately give up my first born children if it guaranteed that they would just remake halo 2 multilayer exactly as it was, button glitches and all with next gen graphics. Anyone who truly enjoyed the multiplayer has to understand when I say thay game nailed multiplayer like no game after it. Please dont mess this up 343

  • RCF seandavid

    I would love to play a remake of halo2 the multiplayer was fantastic. But the glitches and constantly trying to get the “golden warthog” was some of my favorite memories playing the game.

  • Ryan

    BXR, double/quad shooting, sticky launching, super bouncing. Without these, the multiplayer will not feel the same to anyone who truly remembers. This was a game of pure skill. You had to get better and learn new techniques with the controller in order to hang with the big dogs. It made it exciting. Unfortunately, I can’t imagine they are capable of turning glitches into purposeful mechanics. They would be better off enhancing the graphics and simply making halo 2 online again. Nothing would make a real fan happier.