At their E3 press conference today, Microsoft officially announced the previously-leaked Halo The Master Chief Collection. The collection will contain all four of the mainline Halo titles, plus Halo: Nightfall – a new digital series – and access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.
Halo 2 will be receiving the full anniversary treatment, completely remastered on the Xbox One. It wil include revamped visuals, from cutscenes to gameplay. For purists, the original version will also be included. Halo: Combat Evolved got the same treatment back in 2011, and that version will be the one that appears in the collection. Halo 3 and Halo 4 will not be receiving major visual upgrades, though a 1080p resolution and 60fps framerate for all four games were confirmed during the conference.
Finally, it was also revealed that Halo 2′s multiplayer (along with the other games’) will be included, intact and unchanged from the way it was almost ten years ago. The team worked hard to make sure that every Halo map from the mainline series was included in the multiplayer, bringing the map count to over one hundred. The multiplayer suite accompanies 45 campaign missions, which can be organized into a playlist of the players choosing.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will launch exclusively on Xbox One on November 11th, 2014 at a MSRP of $59.99.