While much of 343 Industries' focus with the Master Chief Collection has been on the remastered version of Halo 2, fans should know that the entire Halo library is getting some sort of upgrade. Obviously, Halo: Combat Evolved saw its visuals boosted with the Anniversary release, and Halo 2 is next, but both Halo 3 and Halo 4 are also getting a much-needed facelift for next-gen.
To better illustrate that point, 343 showed off just a brief segment of Halo 3 that highlighted how exactly this 7-year old game has changed. Check out the footage above.
While most wouldn't fault 343 Industries for simply porting Halo 3 from one platform to the next that is apparently not what they have done. Rather, the team has sought to take advantage of the increased resolution, frame rate, and fidelity afforded by the Xbox One in order to deliver a crisper presentation. Cutscenes in the footage are more fluid and detailed and gameplay is as buttery smooth as one could hope. Even the lighting has improved thanks to the new platform.
But whereas the Halo 1 and Halo 2 Anniversary Editions will offer the instant switch option whereby players can compare the new versions to the old, Halo 3 and Halo 4 will have no such option. You'll just have to do what 343 does and run the game's side-by-side on two different monitors to evaluate just how much better the games look.
Even so, the updated Halo 3 visuals are just a small piece of Halo: The Master Chief Collection's pie. 343 has gone for broke with this comprehensive Collection, which offers new and interesting ways to experience these beloved titles. There's the new playlist options for altering how the missions in all four games are arranged, new matchmaking set-ups for mixing and matching multiplayer maps, and perhaps the Collection's biggest selling point: six revamped versions of Halo 2's classic multiplayer arenas.
So far, we know 5 out of the 6 multiplayer maps that 343, along with original Halo 2 multiplayer designed Max Hoberman, has selected, and it shouldn't be long before we know all of them. Of the five we do know are Ascension, Lockout, Coagulation, Zanzibar, and Sanctuary - a pretty solid group if you ask us.
And that's all on top of a Collection that includes access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, new Halo 2 cutscenes done by Blur Studios, and every single Halo multiplayer DLC map ever released. It's so much content that it's hard to focus on just one element, but if this demonstration is any indication then 343 has ensured every piece of the Halo puzzle has not been overlooked.
What do you think of the remastered visuals for Halo 3 on Xbox One? What about the Master Chief Collection are you most looking forward to?
Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases November 11, 2014 for Xbox One.
Source: Games HQ Media