When 343 Industries used their new mastery over the Halo series to not begin their reign with a new sequel, but a revisiting and remastering of the original game, fans knew it could be a sign of things to come. But Halo Anniversary proved to be a hit with fans, and welcoming new players to the series thanks to its no-longer-so-outdated graphics. Even then, most knew that Halo 2 Anniversary was all but a certainty.
The developers will, indeed, be following a similar celebration of Halo 2‘s ten-year anniversary, bundling the updated version of the Xbox game as part of their Master Chief Collection, rolling all four numbered entries in the Master Chief saga into one package. And the latest cinematic trailer gives potential players a sneak peek at what new forms of CG storytelling can do to a property permanently seared into the memory of many.
There may be some veteran games who feel that Halo Anniversary made sense, given just how dated the original game remained, more important in its initial release than the modern industry. But for Halo 2, the same discrepancy isn’t quite so apparent. But nostalgia is a tricky thing, and for their part, 343 turned to proven talent to give Halo 2 Anniversary some staggering visual overhauls – specifically, the game’s cinematics.
The artists at Blur Studio have proven their skills in a number of video game CG trailer, now shifting into the realm of feature filmmaking (responsible for the opening action montage of Thor: The Dark World). And this trailer shows that while graphics may not be everything, they can certainly convince gamers to give an old game a second look; especially those who missed out on Halo 2 the first time around, and now have one visually impressive do-over to look forward to.
The visual overhaul extends to the campaign itself, where – just like its predecessor – players will be able to flip back and forth between the remastered game and the original – instantaneously. The extra feature has caused more controversy than it did previously, thanks to this supercharged environment of console supremacy and nitpicking. The feature, as it turns out, is partly to blame for the game’s sub-1080p resolution. Interestingly, the developers have defended their decision, citing the ability to see how far the game has come as its true purpose; not simply offering an envelope-pushing take on Halo 2.
Whatever the exact resolution, the trailer shows that the campaign will pack some visual punches along with the reported story hints for Halo 5: Guardians. So, will you be looking to experience the story of the Arbiter and Master Chief in more glorious visual splendor than ever before? Or is the game’s updated multiplayer offerings that have your attention?
Halo: The Master Chief Collection comes to Xbox One on November 11, 2014 in North America, with global releases following after.
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