Microsoft has been keeping revamped Halo 2 maps as fodder for Halo: The Master Chief Collection announcements it seems, and thus far fans have been treated to some wonderful looking versions of classic battlegrounds from 2004’s Xbox original. There are a number of beloved maps that are still missing in action, but fans can now cross one prominent locale off their most-wanted lists.
Announced during Microsoft’s presentation at Gamescom, developer 343 Industries reintroduced (or introduced as may be the case in some instances) gamers to Sanctuary.
The map takes place on an ancient Forerunner memorial and has gained notoriety amongst Halo fans as an accommodating battleground with a great “up close and personal” area that’s surrounded by plenty of space for mid to long-range combat as well. As is evident by the video, Sanctuary is loaded with a menagerie of weapons for wannabe Spartans to obliterate anyone that opposes them.
As part of bringing Halo 2 to the Xbox One in high-definition with all of its warts intact, the much needed spit and shine that’s been applied to the old school map is much appreciated. It, of course, joins the likes of Coagulation, Ascension and Zanzibar as pre-existing maps that are being remastered for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With the addition of Sanctuary, however, only two more areas will be getting a makeover bringing the total of remade maps to six when everything is said and done.
It’s hard to say what other maps will receive the coveted Anniversary treatment, but 343 Industries seems to be doing a bang-up job thus far. That said, there are 24 maps that appeared in total for the original Halo 2 when taking downloadable content into consideration, which Sanctuary originally was in the sequel, so it’s almost impossible to tell what’s coming next.
Regardless of the final multiplayer map selection, Halo: The Master Chief Collection appears to be the quintessential addition to any Halo fans’ library.
Which remaining two maps are you hoping to see remastered from Halo 2? Let us know in the comments below.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be arriving exclusively on November 11, 2014 exclusively for Xbox One.
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