343 Industries reveals new CGI Halo 2 cutscenes at Comic-Con last Friday to continue the celebration of the game’s 10th anniversary.
343 Industries and CGI studio Blur teamed up to repackage all of Halo 2’s cutscenes which they teased in a trailer shown at Comic-Con last week. The trailer shows off some crisp CGI remakes of cutscenes that were originally made in-engine.
It was also revealed that the Zanzibar multiplayer map will receive the anniversary treatment and be reworked to match the updated graphics of the main game. Zanzibar joins Ascension and Coagulation on the list of six maps announced to be remade with the next map to announced in August at Gamescom.
Halo 2 will be released as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection which is set to be released on November 11 of this year. The collection will include the first four games in the Halo series along with beta access to Halo 5: Guardians.
The collection boasts many improvements over the original releases as well as the option to play either version of Halo 2 (i.e. the original or the anniversary remake). Online multiplayer support was also announced at E3 this year with the claims that games will run at 60 frames per second and at 1080p resolution. All maps combined, there will be more than a hundred arenas to pick from.
The Master Chief Collection will also include Halo: Nightfall, a live-action series produced by Ridley Scott. The series appears to center around a mysterious new element that selectively kills humans, according to a recently released trailer. Nightfall tells the origin story of Jameson Locke, a character who will appear in Halo 5. Not much is said in the trailer although it seems as though the series will lend “insight and understanding” into Locke’s character in the new game.