While Halo 5: Guardians won’t launch until 2015, Microsoft isn’t leaving fans in the dust this year– in fact, they’re doing anything but that, with Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The Master Chief Collection is a compilation of every numbered Halo game, and thus will include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. The version of Combat Evolved in the collection is 2011’s Combat Evolved Anniversary; meanwhile, developer 343 Industries is also giving Halo 2 the Anniversary treatment, with fully upgraded visuals, and the ability to switch back to the original graphics during gameplay. All four games will be presented in a single unified interface on one Blu-ray disc, and will feature their original multiplayer segments on their original engines, with over 100 multiplayer maps being included in the collection in total. Each game will be presented in full 1080p resolution, and will run at 60 frames-per-second.
In addition to previous multiplayer modes, 343 is including access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta with the collection. The beta is set to take place this December, and will offer a glimpse into the next installment in the series. Also included is Halo: Nightfall, a live-action digital series directed by Ridley Scott. The series will be released in increments of one episode per week following the collection’s launch. Nighfall is separate from the Peter Jackson-related television project announced by Microsoft last year.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will launch exclusively for Xbox One on November 11, 2014 at $59.99. Pre-ordering at Amazon grants the classic pinata skull game modifier, which makes enemies defeated by melee drop live plasma grenades upon death.