Halo: The Master Chief Collection RTX Recap

At RTX 2014 343 Industries revealed more details about Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 2 Anniversary. Details about terminals, skulls, a new Gungoose vehicle, Gungoose CTF, Coagulation remastered, new gametypes, and weapons like the assault rifle and silenced SMG!

Here’s all the news from the panel in more detail!

The BIG news

Coagulation Remastered

Coagulation will be one of the six Halo 2 maps (joining Ascension) in Halo 2 Anniversary that will also have a remastered version of the map running on a brand new Xbox One engine.


Ascension Walkthrough

During the panel 343 and Certain Affinity gave us an detailed walkthrough of the remastered Ascension Map. Here’s a list of the new developments for this map:

  • The map features a to-scale Halo ring in the skybox that rotates
  • Additional cover to the sky bridge and a central structure in the middle of the bridge has been added
  • A dynamic element has been added, there are 3 interactive switches on the map that activate an energy shield in the middle of the map that acts as a dome.

Halo 2 Anniversary Ascension RTX 2014

Halo 2 Directors Cut

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Halo 2 Anniversary is not only a remastering of the game but will also be treated like a directors cut, giving them the opportunity to put things in the game that they always wanted to but couldn’t for certain reasons. They’ve added the Assault Rifle, Silenced SMG, Speed Boost, and the Mongoose to Halo 2 Anniversary – also the magnums have received a damage buff for both single and dual wield.

The Gungoose

Halo 2 Anniversary Gungoose

Yup that’s right, meet the Gungoose, a mongoose with guns (Yes it’s real!). Along with it comes the gametype Gungoose CTF. Also 343 mentioned additional vehicles will be announced at a later date.

Halo 2 Anniversary Terminals

They unveiled a trailer for the upcoming terminals in Halo 2 Anniversary. These new terminals will cover the back story of the Arbiter.

Remastered Cinematics

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Blur Studio will be remastering all of the Halo 2 cinematics, as well as creating a prologue and epilogue to the game. The remastered cinematics will be the same as the ones that were seen in Halo 2. They will not be from the perspective of Agent Locke. Like the gameplay you will still be able to watch the cinematics with their original graphics.


All existing skulls will be making a return to the game along with some new skulls bringing the total to over 30 skulls for Halo 2 Anniversary.

Controller Options

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Universal controls. With a simple setting you can make all of the included games use the same control scheme. If you’d prefer you can also have each game use individual control schemes.


Halo 2 Anniversary Gametypes

Halo 2 Anniversary will include old favourites as well as new gametypes. Below you can see the gametypes that have been revealed thus far.

  • Old:
    • CTF: including 1 Flag
    • Assault: including Multi, Single, Neutral Bomb
    • Territories
    • Juggernaut
  • New:
    • Ricochet
    • Race
    • SWAT
    • Infection (old school feel)

Additional Details

  • The menu screen will play music and display background images from the Halo game you’ve chosen to play.
  • Button combos and glitches will appear/work in Halo 2′s classic multiplayer, but not in it’s remastered multiplayer.
  • There will be no forge item crossover. Halo 2 forge, Halo 3 forge, and Halo 4 forge are independent of each other.
  • Theatre mode will only exist in the games that launched with it, Halo 3 and 4.
  • There may be achievements based off of Halo 2 easter eggs. (This could mean we get an Achievement for getting the scarab gun ala Halo 2 PC!)
  • Forge details may be revealed at either Comic Con or Games Com.
  • Remastered Audio details will make an appearance at Comic Con.
  • Gamescom will reveal details about Spartan appearance and customization.

Here’s the entire 1 hour long panel in 1080p if you want to watch it for yourselves!