Warlock Remastered Announced for Halo 2 Anniversary

As part of IGN First, IGN announced that Warlock will be the 6th and final remastered map for Halo 2 Anniversary.

The remastered Warlock, now called Warlord now joins

  • Ascension now called Zenith
  • Coagulation now called Bloodline
  • Zanzibar now called Stonetown
  • Sanctuary now called Shrine
  • And, Lockout now called Lockdown

Warlord has a few changes beyond the graphical remastering and amazing skybox – jump boxes and additional minor pieces of cover have been added to the map. At the moment, no mention of a dynamic map element like the other remastered maps for Halo 2 Anniversary

New Halo 2 Anniversary Campaign Cinematics!

IGN just announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be the IGN First game for the month of October. They’ll be revealing footage of all 4 games within the collection and revealing the 6th and last remastered map for Halo 2 Anniversary – which is rumoured to be Warlock. IGN’s coverage will begin on October 6th with content every weekday and on Oct 22nd they will have a livestream with Halo 2’s original multiplayer lead designer Max Hoberman.

Along with this announcement IGN posted a trailer which had a few seconds of new remastered cinematics for Halo 2 Anniversary.

Halo 2 Anniversary Cinematics

We get to briefly see Sergeant Johnson delivering the scorpion tank during the Metropolis mission, followed by Tartarus using his Fist of Rukt gravity hammer to capture 343 Guilty Spark after Arby killed the Heretic, and then finally Master Chief running outside of the temple after killing the Prophet of Regret as a Covenant fleet fires upon the temple.

Halo 2 Anniversary Cinematics

Now Blur Studios is in charge of remastering Halo 2 Anniversary’s cinematics for the Master Chief Collection. The remastered cinematics won’t be a 1 for 1 recreation of the originals but that’s because Blur has added their own tiny spin to them and they’ve been extended bringing the total length of the cutscenes to around 1 hour. There will also be brand-new prologue and epilogue cutscenes that will act as bookends and these will provide some details and story elements for Halo 5: Guardians.

Halo 2 Anniversary Cinematics

Blur Studio has worked with Halo in the past, producing Halo 4’s Scanned Trailer and the cinematics for Halo Wars.

Now when you pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection and go to play Halo 2 Anniversary’s Campaign you will have to make a choice of which cinematics you want to experience – original or remastered – so choose wisely as you won’t be able to switch between them on the fly like you can with the graphics and sound.

Source: http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/10/03/the-ign-first-game-for-october-ishalo-the-master-chief-collection

Halo: CE – Master Chief Collection, Maps, Fuel Rod Gun, Flamethrower!

These 2 new screenshots come from this week’s bulletin. One from the map Battle Creek, and the other from the map Chill Out.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen inquiries from those of you who want to see and hear about Halo: Combat Evolved within Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While we don’t have footage just yet (that is on the way, friends), we’ve got some in-game screenshots from Halo: Combat Evolved running on Xbox One, made them into fancy wallpapers, and also answered a few frequently asked questions.

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From these frequently asked questions we learned that

  • All of the game types and custom game type options from Halo: CE will be available in the custom games menu.
  • For Halo CE you’ll be able to find games with radar enabled and disabled in separate specific playlists. Options like these apply for all games within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as there will be a variety of experiences in Matchmaking that cater to a variety of playstyles.
  • Once again, it was confirmed that all PC exclusive maps for Halo CE and Halo 2 will be available in both custom games and matchmaking
  • 343 then confirmed that the Fuel Rod Gun and Flamethrower from the PC version of Halo: CE will be available as well. You will have the ability to select your weapon set in Halo: CE from a brand new list of weapon sets, including “classic,” which will not include the Flamethrower or Fuel Rod Gun if you so choose.

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Even though Halo CE Anniversary is being used for the Master Chief Collection, the multiplayer will feature the original experience and not the Anniversary/Reach multiplayer. This means that Halo CE’s multiplayer will be playable on Xbox Live for the first time ever on November 11th thanks for the Master Chief Collection.