Halo 2 Anniversary Theater Mode Confirmed!

No details about Theater Mode for Halo: The Master Chief Collection have surfaced since Frank O’Connor stated will only exist for Halo 3 and Halo 4 back in June.


Until now, in a recent Halo Bulletin 343 Industries listed the controls for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and in the list of controls for Theater mode Halo 2 Anniversary Multiplayer is listed next to Halo 3 and Halo 4

“Theater Controls (Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer, Halo 3, Halo 4)

• Turn sensitivity: 4 levels
• Panning: Hold to pan, toggle
• Camera Speed: 4 levels
• Camera Thrust: 3 levels”

Note that Theater mode will only be for Halo 2 Anniversary’s Multiplayer and not Campaign. This is most likely due to the campaign having to run 2 engines simultaneously.



New Halo 2 Anniversary and Halo 2 Classic Gameplay!

IGN released more Halo 2 Anniversary and Halo 2 Classic gameplay from Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This video also shows the Hornet in Halo 2 Anniversary can indeed fire rockets!


Halo 2 Anniversary must “nail” the multiplayer experience

IGN recently did an interview with Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer during GDC last week in San Francisco, where he was asked what would be the most important feature to him in a hypothetical Halo 2 Anniversary release for the Xbox One.

He replied with

“In this fictitious world where that game existed… it’s an easy answer: it has to be just the multiplayer experience that we all found in that first Halo 2 game. If you think about what happened in the franchise and what were the hallmark moments – when did duel wielding come in, when did another playable character that [weren’t] Master Chief come in?

All the things that you and I know about the evolution of the franchise, if you’re going to say one thing about Halo 2, you’re going to talk about real multiplayer. I think you just have to nail that in just such a fundamentally core way. Frankly [we’d have to do it] probably better than we did with Halo 1 Anniversary. I thought the multiplayer in Halo 1 Anniversary was good, but Halo 1 never had multiplayer in the truest sense, so it always was going to be something different.”

Phil Spencer closed with

“If there were something called Halo 2 Anniversary… I think the multiplayer would have to be fantastic.”

This is definitely great to hear, provided that Halo 2 Anniversary is actually real. It sounds like they want to truly recreate the Halo 2 Multiplayer experience, something we didn’t see truly with Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary. Halo CEA’s campaign was great with the added ability to revert to the original graphics with a touch of a button on the fly – but many were disappointed that Halo Anniversary’s Multiplayer was just re-skinned overtop of Halo Reach, it just didn’t feel right for many and true to the original experience.

What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy Halo Anniversary? What would you like to see if Halo 2 Anniversary was real?