Halo 2 Anniversary on Xbox One would need "fantastic" multiplayer, says Microsoft

Multiplayer would be the most important thing in a Halo 2 remake, says Microsoft exec Phil Spencer.

Rumours about the existence of a Halo 2 Anniversary edition refuse to go away. The game is said to be coming out for Xbox One later this year, and now Microsoft exec Phil Spencer has spoken about what he thinks the most important feature of the game--if it exists--would have to be: multiplayer.

"In this fictitious world where that game existed," said Spencer in an interview with IGN, "it’s an easy answer: it has to be just the multiplayer experience that we all found in that first Halo 2 game."

Halo 2 launched in 2004 and, due to its beloved multiplayer mode, became the poster boy for Microsoft's fledgling Xbox Live service. The multiplayer mode featured map playlists, peer-to-peer matchmaking, and a ranking system, which were all seen as pretty revolutionary at the time.

"If you think about what happened in the franchise," continued Spencer, "and what were the hallmark moments--when did duel wielding come in, when did another playable character that wasn’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."

"If there were something called Halo 2 Anniversary," says Spencer, "I think the multiplayer would have to be fantastic."

Microsoft has told GameSpot that it will publish a new Halo game this year. But will it be Halo 2 Anniversary?

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dmncookie666
dmncookie666

@slicedbread117 Yes.  Dead on, man.  Luckily, Halo 3's graphics mean that an update can wait, but Halo 2 could really use the graphical enhancements.  CE Anniversary had some cool features (switching from old to new is a dream) but the multiplayer became stagnant in no time.  If they truly bring back Halo 2 in its entirety, so that come E3 Halo fans such as myself can start drooling all the way till the release date and beyond, then I will be a very happy man, and regain the faith I used to have in the gaming industry.  Don't get me wrong, COD is fun occasionally, but more and more it feels like the same mindless run and gun, with poor attitudes and trolls dominating the servers.  Halo was always a community game, focusing on building a core of gamers who loved the game and could experience the Halo magic with others who felt the same way.  Halo absolutely redefined the FPS genre and made modern gaming something special.  If they truly bring this back, I will confide in 343 in a heartbeat.  If they eventually have a Halo 5 beta via Halo 3 ODST, then I will be in heaven.


Spartans never die.

braulioalc90
braulioalc90

My Guess is 2 multiplayer modes: Halo 4 style, and "Classic" multiplayer. H2A is likely to use Halo 4 engine for visuals  anyway. In Classic MP, it will probably have a limited customized load-out with primary, secondary weapons and grenades. No Mantis, promethean tech, no support or tactical packages. Strong weapons and limited tactical abilities will be scattered around the map. I don't know if they are going to keep the famous glitches, Elite armor and skin, or classic dual-wielding on multiplayer engine. I still want to hunt campaign skulls just like the old Halo! Maybe add in a Halo 5 MP beta as a bonus!

sanson55
sanson55

We just want the exact multiplayer experience that we found on halo 2. Hope you guys bring the trueskill rank system (1-50 levels with the emplems that halo 2 have). We want to feel that competitive gaming experience , that winning is the only way to rank, that will ensure that players will train hard to win.

hiimbrandon
hiimbrandon

Don't use H4's engine like they did with Reach's on the Halo 1 anniversary, make it 60fps, and an exact carbon copy of H2. Descope, button glitches, and the same maps in HD and the One will have the best and most competitive multiplayer game on the market. If you respond to this whining about what I said, I can only assume you were horrible at H2 and you probably liked Reach and H4 which a lot of us that loved playing Halo competitively, hated.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

Halo 1 Anniversary multiplayer was a poor excuse for multiplayer. All it did was take Halo Reach's engine and play mechanics, and release new, barely played maps. The co op was also laggy as hell. I wouldn't mind Halo 2 multiplayer with bigger maps and more than 16 players, just PLEASE don't use ANYTHING from Halo 4. I hated Halo 4 multiplayer. It was fun until it devolved into a COD run and gun fest, with too many players getting rocket launchers, incinerators, and other power weapons, extremely fragile vehicles, and horribly unbalanced mechanics (grenades might as well be weak little pop rocks, the jetpack runs out too fast, and regeneration is way too slow compared to normal recharging, so there's no benefit to using it).

Necrotron
Necrotron

You know what has fantastic multiplayer support?  Steam.


I wonder if we'll end up seeing something come of the Halo 2 Steam database entry awhile back.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

A PC version would be nice.

ignitingicarus
ignitingicarus

You may have had fun with your friends playing Halo 2, but it is arguably the worst one in the series.


Halo 1 multiplayer through GameSpy 4 lyfe, son!

gannon27
gannon27

Man oh man, if this is really in the pipeline Microsoft can not afford to stuff this up,

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Waterworks = Best BIG TEAM BATTLE map in Halo 2

omar_q
omar_q

I like what I'm hearing. I hated how they made the multiplayer in Halo 1 Anniversary like Reach. 

Vylsith
Vylsith

Or you could realize that the majority of gamers aren't online shooter addicts and give people what they're expecting from a Halo 2 remake:  the same game with better graphics.  I think Microsoft really needs to learn that every gamer is obsessed with Call of Duty.  I'm thinking that probably won't happen, but one can hope.

divinejester
divinejester

I hate multi player and still think Halo 2 is the best game in the series. Its because the campaign and story was not garbage.

spilly42
spilly42

Halo 2 was my first XBL game. Sort of lost my virginity to it. Nothing will ever compare to my Halo 2 online experience, please bring it back!

jako998
jako998

Halo 2 remake better be just like the one that Came out 10 years ago. If 343I does that than its a 110% buy from me.


I don't want halo reach / halo 4 crap in there like Loadouts and etc... that's what ruined halo 4 IMO


And change the Player cap from 16 to around 24.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

The Halo engine ALREADY HAS fantastic multiplayer, fantastic matchmaking, and is generally a lightheared & fun MP romp.  (You just have to mute all player audio...)   I agree with some of the folks below about bigger teams, but only when each player has a solid connection and low latency could they join such a map, etc.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

Halo: CE revolutionized the console FPS, Halo 2 revolutionized console FPS multiplayer, and Halo 3 perfected it all. Xbox is Halo, and we wouldn't have any other shooters on consoles if it weren't for Halo. Would love to see a Halo 2 Anniversary on my One!

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

If they do it specificially for XB1, I would like to see even bigger teams than 4. for those that don't like the big team stuff, the fact is that the big team game mode has usually 10x more people than other  game type on most days. With 50Gb gamedisks they should have more than enough room to additional game types. like 16vs 16.  

stickybun
stickybun

I absolutely loved Halo2 MP. The most fun I've ever had online. If this comes to ONE I will be the first in line.

teller76567
teller76567

Or just have the multiplayer how it was for halo 2 with nothing added except updated graphics with no armor lock sprint ect. Don't change the maps but add new one's add in the original dlc maps in the game then add different ones for dlc

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

Here's what you have to do: Don't touch a god damn thing. Halo 2's multiplayer was perfect. Leave the super-jumps, noob combo, BXRing, and sword cancelling and it will be absolutely perfect.

themc_7
themc_7

Just don't "Combat  Evolve" it. Halo 1 had an amazing multiplayer and when the anniversary edition came out, they changed the multiplayer in Halo Reach. It was terrible. Halo 2's MP was great and doesn't need tweaks or changes. Just leave it like it is. Beef up the graphics sure, by don't change weapons attributes, armour, etc. Keep it the same! 

NexApex
NexApex

Come on, isn't there enough Halo multiplayer games on the market? Just give us a proper remake like the first game so I can continue this series in HD

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

I completely agree with MS. Multiplayer on BOTH Halo 1 and Halo 2 was great. But Halo 2 took it to a whole new level once you weren't required to have a LAN party anymore. TBH I think everything with current Halo MP needs to be stripped down and taken back to fundamentals.

Halo 2 multiplayer should be all original maps (plus new ones) and NO load outs. I think in Halo 2 MP on the original Xbox you started out with the battle rifle which was a great starting weapon.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Because hello has nothing else going for it.

kujel
kujel

The best part of the Halo games has always beeen the singleplayer, frak this online BS.

idomology
idomology

@hiimbrandon  What if you are saying to keep all the glitches then you are thinking on the right path. The glitches were another way for the players to enjoy themselves. People view Halo 2 as a competitive game game but is just as casual as it was competitive because of the glitches. 

idomology
idomology

@ignitingicarus  You ought to stop gaming. You have no clue what you are saying. Seriously. Halo 2 was the mascot game for Xbox like Super Mario 64 was for the Nintendo 64. The reason you are even playing Halo 4 ONLINE is because Halo 2's glorious online made it possible. Halo 2 is unarguably the greatest game to ever be released for the Xbox family.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@slicedbread117 uhh, I'm pretty sure there would be other shooters on consoles with or without Halo.

idomology
idomology

@CriticalCritic  I love you. But what I about graphics? I think they should do what CEA did and give you the option to change between original and remastered.

idomology
idomology

@littlestreakier  It depended on the game type. Usually you would start out with an SMG. If the game type was like Team Slayer Br's than you would start with a Br.

themc_7
themc_7

@littlestreakier  agreed. The new halos with load out and armour abilites etc are dumb. Bring it back to the basics. Halo 2 was the best Halo MP

themc_7
themc_7

@kujel  The original Halo trilogy did have an excellent story. ODST and Reach were interesting, but imo fell short story-wise. And now with Halo 4 and soon 5, the story has just gone off the rails.

crazy-roman
crazy-roman

@Ovirew @slicedbread117  Not like Modern Warfare 2 did anything regarding online multiplayer. Plus I thought 3 was pretty weak all around, 1's campaign was amazing, 2's multiplayer the best of the bunch for me. Although, I did like Reach's campaign and did enjoy 4 as a refresh.

themc_7
themc_7

@shinjuki  The story in Halo2 is amazing. Covenant Civil war + flood

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

Ah that's right, I remembered starting out with the SMG and BR but for some reason thought Bungie released a patch that got rid of the SMG as a starting weapon. I think it was probably just weapon balancing. It's been a long time since I played Halo 2.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

Yea completely agree. Out of all my friends I was basically the only one that bought the Xbox so they don't know how much they missed out and don't understand how much fun Halo 2 was. They just compare everything to halo 3,4 which they've played. I remember creating custom games where we would glitch out of the map and go "exploring". Loved everything about that game.

I think the XBL crowd is different than on the original Xbox. Back then it was more of a mature crowd which helped the experience I'm sure. I actually remember meeting a lot of awesome people online. Now with all the annoying little kids on XBL I usually don't have my headset in. But I do think it'd be more fun if all your friends got a XB1 and you showed them all the little tricks so they can enjoy them with you.

teller76567
teller76567

@stickybun I don't think he is i feel the same way just when bungie left halo just stopped being grate.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@themc_7 @kujel I really liked reach. ODST was weak. I love 4 too. The original story couldn't just go on forever. People would complain about that too like people do with COD being the same ole same ole.

radiioaktivman
radiioaktivman

@shinjuki @kujel  Actually Starsiege Tribes by Dynamix was, but it was only on the PC. 16 years later , you can still find and plan online matches.

idomology
idomology

@spartanx169x @themc_7 @kujel  The fact that you love 4 means you didn't start out playing Halo 2. The only people that complain about Call of Duty being the same are usually the people who just don't like Call of Duty. I would rather they make the same ole same ole than completely mess up the franchise. You know what I mean?