August 1, 2014

Remastered Cutscenes in Halo 2 (mcc) are Haunting and Beautiful


This fall we will see the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In that collection comes the highly anticipated Halo 2 Anniversary, a visually updated remaster similar to what we received with the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition released 3 years ago. 343 Industries is taking the remaster a bit further this time with the help of Blur Studios, all of the in-game cutscenes are being pre-rendered and reanimated; they look absolutely stunning. If you are familiar with the Halo series, you will know Blur’s work with the franchise. They provided the “Scanned” trailer for Halo 4 and all of the pre-rendered cutscenes for Halo Wars. They have also created the pre-rendered cinematics for the Batman Arkham franchise, Injustice, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and War for Cybertron. They have a have an incredible resume, and every time I watch the video below, my heart hurts because I have to wait till November to get my hands on this. At the end of the trailer is Johnson’s speech to the scared marines accompanying the Chief, now on each difficulty level he spouted off something different, making it a fun easter egg. I hope they have taken that into an account when remastering these cutscenes. Enjoy the preview!

Microsoft and 343 Industries have also sent out a heap of screens showing off the remastered multiplayer map Zanzibar. One of best maps to come out of Halo 2 (and we were lucky to gets its return in Halo 3) we are getting a retooled version as one of the six maps that are getting this treatment. Enjoy your return to Zanzibar in the screens below.


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