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'Halo: Master Chief Collection' announced, coming this fall

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There have long been rumors of "Halo 2," which was released nearly ten years ago, receiving the anniversary treatment to mark the occasion. Microsoft and 343 Industries confirmed this morning at the pre-E3 Xbox press conference in Los Angeles, California that not only was this to be true, but a "Master Chief Collection" would be released November 11.

The bundle will round up "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" through "Halo 4" on one disc, giving long time fans the high-definition collection they deserve and newcomers to the franchise a chance to catch up prior to the release of "Halo 5" next year. All four games run in full 1080p at 60 frames-per-second (FPS). Better yet, all the bundled games will include their original multiplayer modes, each running on dedicated servers.

If that is not enough, purchasing "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" grants access to the "Halo 5: Guardians" multiplayer beta which will be available this December and access to episodic digital series, "Halo: Nightfall," premiering November 11 with multiple new episodes each week. The entire bundle will be available for the cost of one game at $60 for Xbox One.

It may not be enough to convince consumers to make the $399 commitment and buy an Xbox One, but the timing if its release is not a coincidence. After all, Microsoft would expect sales to pick up during the holiday season and what makes a better supplemental gift than four games in one?

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) runs from June 10 through June 12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Attracting tens of thousands of video game enthusiasts each year, the expo is the premiere showcase for the industry. It is where game developers and publishers announce and outline their upcoming releases, as well as, where hardware manufacturers can show off new gaming technologies.

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