A new trailer for the forthcoming “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” was revealed this weekend during multichannel network Rooster Teeth’s RTX exposition in Austin, Texas.
In May, Engadget published a rumor that “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” would be coming to the Microsoft Corp.’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One this year. The technology-focused site claimed a trusted source revealed a remastered version of “Halo: Combat Evolved,” “Halo 2,” “Halo 3” and “Halo 4” would launch in high definition ahead of the release of the game “Halo 5: Guardians.”
It is now confirmed that the titles will launch in one collection to refresh the memories of “Halo” fans before the release of the next installment of the franchise. The compilation is in development by the 343 Industries unit of Microsoft and Saber Interactive, and it will launch this November.
In May, Microsoft announced “Halo 5: Guardians” will launch for the Xbox One in fall 2015, as noted by IGN News. The Redmond, Wash.-based media conglomerate also said a Steven Spielberg-produced “Halo” television series will launch sometime in the next year.
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The forthcoming title will run at 60 frames per second on a new engine created by Kirkland, Wash.-based 343 Industries, the same developer working on “Halo 5: Guardians.”
“‘Halo 5: Guardians’ is obviously a big deal for us," said Frank O'Connor, franchise development director at 343i. “It’s the next chapter in the Master Chief saga. It’s also a big deal for us because of the transition to the Xbox One platform. All of the ‘Halo’ games -- more or less -- have added something to the Xbox ecosystem.
This will be the first installment since 2013’s “Halo: Spartan Assault,” a third-person shooter set in the time frame between “Halo 3” and “Halo 4.” The title received mixed reviews. “Halo 4” launched for the Xbox 360 in 2012 and grossed $220 million on its launch day and $300 million during its opening week, setting a record for the Microsoft franchise.
The development of “Halo 5: Guardians” was announced during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, last year, along with a trailer depicting a post-“Halo 4” Master Chief.
“‘Halo’ isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play ‘Halo,’” Bonnie Ross, general manager of 343 Industries, wrote on the Xbox Wire in May. “And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers. So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with ‘Halo’ on Xbox One?”
“For us at 343 Industries, the launch of the Xbox One was an opportunity to think about what stories we wanted to tell, how to tell them, and how best to push the ‘Halo’ franchise to showcase the platform,” Ross added. “And, most importantly, combining our passion for ‘Halo’ with the vocal and informative input from our fans.”