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Halo 2 Anniversary Edition on the horizon

Halo 2 Anniversary Edition on the horizon

Halo 2 was first released in 2004 making this year its tenth anniversary.

A next generation version of Halo 2 is planned for release this year according to the voice actor for the series protagonist Master Chief.

Talking to Gamezone, Steve Downes mentioned that the anniversary edition of Halo 2 is scheduled for 2014, but that Halo 5 is not expected until 2015. A Microsoft spokesperson subsequently confirmed with Polygon that an entry to the Halo series will be released in 2014, but would not share anything further than that.

Previous comments from Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president Phil Spencer around 2013's E3 exhibition also suggest that the next Halo game to be released on the Xbox One will not be Halo 5 but will be a 'legitimate' entry to the series as opposed to a spin off.

An Xbox One instalment to the Halo series seems all but inevitable and it was originally teased during E3 2013 with series developer 343 Industries talking about its 60 fps technology and that it would take advantage of Microsoft's cloud infrastructure.

This year marks Halo 2's ten year anniversary. The Xbox original is held up by many gamers as the game that worked the hardest to define the fledgling Xbox Live multiplayer platform at the time.

Halo 2 was developed by Bungie before the series was handed over to 343 Industries and Downes did not confirm which developer had been working on the title. Bungie has however most recently been working on Destiny which is due for a September release.

The original Halo was released in 2001 and was granted an anniversary edition in 2011. 343 Industries took over work on the series with Halo 4 in 2012 kicking off a new Halo series dubbed the Reclaimer Saga.

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Williz 14th February 2014, 11:02 Quote
Not sure why you're posting console news, this will never see the light of PC just like the Halo: CE Anniversary edition.
xaser04 14th February 2014, 12:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Williz
Not sure why you're posting console news, this will never see the light of PC just like the Halo: CE Anniversary edition.

Because Bit-Tech isn't limited to just PC tech news.....
Pieface 14th February 2014, 12:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Williz
Not sure why you're posting console news, this will never see the light of PC just like the Halo: CE Anniversary edition.

What? A fair few people, me included play console as well..
julianmartin 14th February 2014, 14:05 Quote
This is good news and may even make me buy an Xbone. Halo 2 was legendary!
damien c 14th February 2014, 14:26 Quote
I was going to buy a Xbox One next year when Halo 5 was released but I think I will be buying one sooner.

Halo games are actually really good.
Podge4 14th February 2014, 15:53 Quote
Hope it comes out for 360, i'll try it again but after finishing it (sry julianmartin) i found it to be the worst one
Maki role 14th February 2014, 20:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Podge4
Hope it comes out for 360, i'll try it again but after finishing it (sry julianmartin) i found it to be the worst one

Halo 2 was very much a dividing point, on one hand it practically gave birth to the Halo multiplayer experience (CE's was good, but Halo 2 had it on another level) but the campaign IMO was much weaker than Combat Evolved (only Reach's was worse for me). It's probably the only game where I've actually thrown a controller and broken it, the campaign ending killed me that much (was a worse experience than with Mass Effect 3).

Still, I'm so looking forward to this (assuming the rumour is correct). I loved Combat Evolved anniversary, and if this comes with the hinted alternate ending (I'm presuming it would finish with the Chief on the Dreadnaught this time) I would be all over this. It also means that 343i would be dedicating even more time to developing Halo 5, which would be great news. I'm very happy with how 343i is handling the story (especially their recent books), hopefully Halo can continue to stand proud but as a beacon of good campaign and storytelling in a world dominated by AAA FPS multiplayer titles that have nothing else to their name (*cough* CoD and Battlefield *cough*). I can get a my fix of multiplayer elsewhere, but I can't get the Halo story anywhere other than Halo.
Crunchy 15th February 2014, 04:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by julianmartin
This is good news and may even make me buy an Xbone. Halo 2 was legendary!

lol, so far we've had a wii and an Xbone, what's next a puStation, Jizzmondo or Gamebum.
They seem to think so hard about naming consoles that they forget not to give them silly names.
Now i appreciate anyone can make silly names like the ones that i just have.
But some stuff is seriously getting past the marketers.

Long may it continue.
XXAOSICXX 15th February 2014, 06:18 Quote
"Reclaimer Saga"

Lawsuit :p
Syphadeus 15th February 2014, 12:37 Quote
I remember my anticipation for Halo 2 and how disappointed I was by the single player campaign and the audacity I felt Bungie had in giving players a cliffhanger conclusion to a story that wouldn't finish it's story arch until the next generation of consoles hit. That was a dirty trick. They were also guilty of a pretty big bait and switch as they had huge development difficulties on it and couldn't deliver a fraction of the visual fidelity that the original cinematic trailer for the game promised. Halo had me coming back for more and more and playing it to death. Halo 2 campaign for me was underwhelming and lacked that certain quality the original had in spades.
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