Although rumors had suggested that the next episode of The Master Chief Collection would arrive this week, Microsoft today demystified speculation with confirmation that it will be released on May 12.
Halo 2: Anniversary, which first came out in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One in 2014, is an HD remasterer of the first-person shooter, which now supports 60 frames per second, Ultra resolutions HD, ultra wide 21: 9 screens and optional modernized controls – and we’ll test it at 8K, don’t worry.
Earth will never be the same again.Halo 2: Anniversary is coming to PC as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on May 12! https://t.co/y5NHDTiQ1E pic.twitter.com/HVzgxIuY8VMay 5, 2020
“Now optimized for PC, watch the Master Chief return to Earth to prevent the invasion of the Covenant, leading to a battle with long hidden secrets that will radically change the course of the Man-Covenant conflict forever,” said Microsoft.
For those who prefer an old-school gaming experience, the game – which comes with a remastered soundtrack and sound effects – will also allow users to switch between original graphics and updated visuals in campaign mode.
The game joins the Master Chief Collection which originally arrived on PC last December, although unlike the Xbox One version which featured all of the major series entries released to date, only Halo: Reach was included at launch. Since then, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary has joined the group, which saw the release of a PC in March of this year.
Upon its arrival on May 12, Halo 2: Anniversary will be available to play via Xbox Game Pass or to purchase from the Microsoft Store and Stream for $ 39.99 (£ 29.99). If something like Halo: Reach and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, it will also offer a standalone price of $ 9.99 (£ 6.99, around AU $ 15).
According to Microsoft, the three remaining titles – Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign) and Halo 4 – will complete the Master Chief Collection on PC before the end of the year.