Halo 2: Anniversary Will Feature New Content That Ties Into Halo 5: Guardians

For the Anniversary edition of Halo 2 in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 has created new story content that will hint at events to come in Halo 5: Guardians.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection contains Halo 2: Anniversary, a remastered version of Halo 2. Though developer 343 Industries does not want to alter Halo 2's original storyline with this remastering, it is exploring other methods to tie the game into upcoming entries in the series.

"If you remember the terminals from the first Halo: Anniversary where you could find and unlock motion comic-style pieces that filled in story for what was going to happen in Halo 4, we're doing a lot of the same in Halo 2 that are going to start to hint at some things that are coming down the line in Halo 5," says Dan Ayoub, 343 executive producer, while speaking to GameSpot during EB Expo 2014. "Our terminals in Halo 2: Anniversary are going to focus on The Arbiter. You'll start to get an idea of his history and a little more about him."

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Halo 2: Anniversary also features 53 minutes of in-game cinematics that have been redone by special effects company, Blur Studio. Ayoub adds that these aren't the only new cinematics that will feature in the game's campaign.

"We've created bookend cinematics that are going to also start to tie into some of the things that are coming down the line in Halo 5, and characters that are going to be in Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series.

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"While we're going to stay very true to the main storyline to make sure it stays exactly the same, there are a number of opportunities on the fringe that allow us to start to hint at those larger stories that are coming."

We recently had hands-on time with the multiplayer of Halo 2: Anniversary, which you can check out here. Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases for Xbox One on November 11 in the US, and November 14 in Europe.

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