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'Halo: Master Chief Collection' coming November with 'Halo 5' multiplayer beta

The “Halo: Master Chief Collection” for the Xbox One was confirmed Monday during Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference. The game brings the four games that tell the Chief’s story to gather in a single game and interface with “Halo 2” being completely redone similar to “Halo: Combat Evolved” with its multiplayer left completely intact. And, it includes a surprise for "Halo 5: Guardians."

Halo: Master Chief Collection
Photo courtesy of 343 Industries, used with permission.

The Xbox One will receive “Halo: Master Chief Collection” on November 11, 2014 for $59.99. 343 Industries is going all out with the collection to include not just the original campaigns but also more than 100 multiplayer maps upgraded to run at 1080p and 60 frames per second. It will also feature dedicated servers and allow players to mix and match playlists to choose their own personal highlights from the games. Every level and mission from all four games is unlocked to accommodate playing whatever you want whenever you want.

The entire collection will also include the Ridley Scott produced “Halo 5: Nightfall” live-action series. It introduces what was called a “pivotal character” to the series that will lead into the events of “Halo 5: Guardians.”

Speaking of “Halo 5: Guardians,” the multiplayer beta will be included in the “Master Chief Collection” and will launch this December. A brief teaser showed that the Spartan IV red versus blue multiplayer theme is back and will include all new Spartan abilities. A couple of those shown include the ability to slide and a type of Iron Man ground pound type attack.

The “Halo” series has been pivotal to the success of the Xbox console since it first launched all the way back in 2001. It’s even more pivotal coming off the Xbox One and the not as successful as hoped “Halo 4.” “Halo: Master Collection” is 343 Industries’ chance to hype the “Halo 5: Guardians” for the Xbox One and take player feedback from the multiplayer beta to improve the final product when it releases in 2015.

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