Halo 2 Anniversary – Cinematic Motion Capture BTS – SDCC 2014

343 Industries showed us a behind the scenes look of Halo 2 Anniversary’s cinematics and the motion capture work that goes into producing the final product – which is being made by Blur Studio.

Halo 2 Anniversary is only available in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection out this November 11th. Blur is handling the re-mastering of all of the Halo 2 cutscenes, terminal videos for Halo 2 Anniversary, and they’re including brand-new prologue and epilogue cutscenes that will act as bookends that will provide some details and story elements for Halo 5: Guardians.

Check out the Halo 2 Anniversary Cinematic trailer and comparison to the original Halo 2 cinematics.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Dev Panel – SDCC 2014

The Halo: The Master Chief Collection Developer Panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

Check out exclusive look at Halo: The Master Chief Collection, with a behind-the-scenes before and after video of the incredible work Blur Studio is doing to bring Halo 2: Anniversary cinematics to new life, and also learn about another map that you’ll see re-mastered and reimagined in Halo 2: Anniversary as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Get ready to spend some time this November in sandy, sunny Zanzibar!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available only for Xbox One this November!

Panelists:
Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky, Halo Community Manager
Dennis Ries, Senior Producer on Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Frank O’Connor, Halo Franchise Development Director
Max Hoberman, President at Certain Affinity
Franck Balson, Director at Blur Studio

The panel is one hour long but if you want a recap click here!

Also checkout the Halo: Nightfall SDCC panel

Halo 2 Anniversary – Cinematic Comparison Anniversary vs. Original

A comparison between Halo 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary cinematics. Halo 2 Anniversary is only available in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection out this November 11th. Blur is handling the re-mastering of all of the Halo 2 cutscenes, terminal videos for Halo 2 Anniversary, and they’re including brand-new prologue and epilogue cutscenes that will act as bookends that will provide some details and story elements for Halo 5: Guardians.

Halo: Nightfall Panel – SDCC 2014

343 shared a ton of new info in our Halo: Nightfall panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Geoff Knighley welcomed Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Scott Free Productions President David Zucker and two of the stars of Halo: Nightfall, Mike Colter and Christina Chong, to talk about the digital series with a packed crowd of fans.

The panel is one hour long but if you want the recap of the new information click here!

Also checkout the Halo: Master Chief Collection Dev Panel here.

Zanzibar Remastered for Halo 2 Anniversary in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

343 Industries announced at San Diego Comic Con that Zanzibar will be remastered for Halo 2 Anniversary in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. They also revealed a trailer for Halo 2 Anniversary’s cinematics by Blur Studio!

Zanzibar will be one of the 6 re-imagined Halo 2 maps. Zanzibar joins Ascension and Coagulation as the 3 maps confirmed so far. So to clarify, these 3 maps will have 2 playable versions: original in Halo 2 classic multiplayer and remastered in Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer.

Halo 2 Anniversary Zanzibar

Halo 2: Anniversary Cinematic Trailer

Take a first look at the overhauled Halo 2: Anniversary cut-scenes in this trailer from Blur Studio. Included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection as part of Halo 2: Anniversary, the cut-scenes immerse fans into the critically acclaimed story and complement fully the re-mastered campaign gameplay.

In addition to Halo 2: Anniversary celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Halo: The Master Chief Collection also features Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. This is the definitive Halo experience, coming November 11, 2014.

Agent Locke Playable in Halo 5 Guardians and Nightfall Details!

Today during the Halo: Nightfall panel 343 Industries revealed that Jameson Locke, or Agent Locke, the star of Halo: Nightfall will also be playable in Halo 5: Guardians!

So it appears 343’s second Halo game is following a well-known pattern. Back in 2004 Halo 2 introduced us to the Arbiter and made him a playable character with his own campaign missions that intertwined with the Master Chief.

Halo Nightfall Poster

At today’s panel it was also revealed that the Halo: Nightfall digital series is set on a broken piece of the first Halo ring from Halo CE. Frank O’Connor stated that [Nightfall] is the story of Locke growing into a Spartan. Locke’s story is “a superhero origin story” that’s more closely integrated to Halo 5: Guardians than Forward Unto Dawn was with Halo 4.

Mike Colter, who was recently announced as the actor to portray Agent Locke in Halo: Nightfall is also doing the motion capture and voice work for his character in Halo 5: Guardians.

The question if Agent Locke was a friend or foe to the Master Chief was dodged but Frank O’Connor stated that next year (2015) at San Diego Comic Con they will answer that question.

More details will continue to be announced throughout SDCC so be sure to comeback!

Sources:
http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/07/24/agent-locke-playable-in-halo-5-guardians
https://blogs.halowaypoint.com/en-us/blogs/headlines/posts/halo-at-sdcc-2014
https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/halo-nightfall

Halo: Nightfall First Look Trailer

Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.

Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is Locke’s origin story which will lend insight and understanding into the character he becomes in Halo 5: Guardians.

Halo: Nightfall – First Look at Mike Colter as Agent Locke!

First look at Agent Locke who will be a key character in Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: Nightfall. Nightfall is a digital series and will tell Agent Locke’s origin story.

Halo: Nightfall is a live-action digital series produced by Ridley Scott. It will air this fall as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Agent Locke will be played by Mike Colter.

Halo Master Chief Collection Exclusive SDCC Xbox One Console

Nerdist just announced that you can win a Halo: The Master Chief Collection exclusive Xbox One console at SDCC 2014. This is an exclusive to those who attend the convention, hopefully this will generate interest for creating limited edition Halo Xbox One consoles for either Halo: The Master Chief Collection or Halo 5: Guardians.

Halo Master Chief Collection SDCC Xbox One Console

343 Industries will also reveal details at Comic Con about Halo: Nightfall and Halo: The Master Chief Collection at each of their respective panels.

Halo: Nightfall First-Look


Thursday, July 24, 11:45AM – 12:45PM, Room 6BCF

Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep-dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Join 343’sKiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director) along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew, and be among the first to get the details of the story and production.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Developer Panel

Friday, July 25, 10:15AM – 11:15AM, Room 6BCF

Join 343 Industries’ Senior Producer, Dennis Ries, and Franchise Director, Frank O’Connor, Certain Affinity’s President and original Halo 2 multiplayer and online design lead, Max Hoberman, and other guests for an in-depth conversation about Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  Fans can hear about what to expect from the highly anticipated compilation and discuss the efforts being made to bring the story of the Master Chief and Halo’s legendary multiplayer to a new generation.

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