343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross attended E3 2014 in order to announce “Halo: The Master Chief Collection”. She began this portion of the Microsoft conference, held on June 9, by talking about the previous “Halo” titles. She discussed how att the end of “Halo 4”, Master Chief was mourning the loss of his closest friend, Cortana. Now Master Chief begins a new journey searching for answers in “Halo 5: Guardians”. “When we [343 Industries] think about the Halo universe, we think about it as a real universe populated with real people” and they wanted to re-tell the story of Master Chief in order to get people prepared for this new game.
In order to do that, on Nov. 11 for the first time ever and exclusive to Xbox One, you can play the entire Master Chief saga with “Halo: The Master Chief Collection”. “The Master Chief Collection” will contain “Halo: Combat Evolved”, “Halo 2”, “Halo 3” and “Halo 4”.
Additionally, November marks the 10 year anniversary for “Halo 2”. They’ve retouched every part of the game, but you can still switch from new to classic at the touch of a button. The anniversary edition of “Halo 2” will contain the original “Halo 2” multiplayer exactly as it was 10 years ago.
Some of the most iconic maps were chosen to be retouched for the Xbox One. “The Master Chief Collection” has over 100 multiplayer maps and all will be running on their original engines and at 1080p on dedicated servers.
“The Master Chief Collection” will also give you access to the episodic, weekly release of “Halo: Nightfall”.
And finally, what everyone was hoping for, “Halo 5: Guardians” multiplayer beta key will be available if you pre-order “The Master Chief Collection”. This multiplayer beta becomes available in December 2014 while the full game is set for release in December 2015.
If you missed the Microsoft press conference, you can find it in the Gamespot archive.