We may not be getting Halo 5 until 2015, but the games’ developers were careful to say that the Halo “journey” will continue this year some way or another. According to a new report at Engadget, that’s because this fall, the Xbox One will get remastered versions of the first four main Halo games.
Citing unnamed sources, Engadget says that a compendium called Halo: The Master Chief Collection will come to the Xbox One later this year, featuring Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. Since it’s the Master Chief collection, Engadget says it’s unlikely that either Reach or ODST will be included. Bummer, I’d been looking for a reason to finally play ODST.
That report lines up with information leaked on the gaming forum NeoGAF earlier this year by user ntkrnl, who said that Halos 2, 3 and 4 would all get HD re-releases within the same year as Halo 5’s release. Recent new details about the upcoming Xbox One game Sunset Overdrive matched up with some of ntkrnl’s other leaked information, which lends his as-yet-unproven claims more credence. Unlike the Engadget report, however, ntkrnl made no mention of an HD version of the first Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved. That game already got one HD makeover in 2011, when Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was released for the Xbox 360.
Engadget doesn’t have much information beyond the collection name and the included games, so it’s not yet clear which studio is handling the remaster, how the games will look, sound and play, or which games’ multiplayer will be included.