Phil Spencer has provided some comments in regards to the rumored “Halo 2 Anniversary” video game. According to a report from Softpedia on March 29, the vice president of Microsoft Studios (the same company that will be publishing the tentatively-titled “Halo 5” as well) seemingly confirmed that the remastered port is in development.
He went on to mention that the multiplayer of “Halo 2 Anniversary” should stay faithful to the same mode found in the original. The executive also believed that the second game features a lot of “hallmark moments” with the abilities to dual-wield and control another character aside from Master Chief. You can find a batch of “Halo 5” screenshots with the media gallery to the left of this article the first part of his remarks below (courtesy of IGN and Softpedia):
In this fictitious world where that game existed, it’s an easy answer: it has to be just the multiplayer experience that we all found in that first Halo 2 game. If you think about what happened in the franchise and what were the hallmark moments – when did duel wielding come in, when did another playable character that wasn’t Master Chief come in?
Phil Spencer also compared “Halo 2 Anniversary” to “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.” He stated that the remastered port of the first game had “good” multiplayer although the original game “never had multiplayer in the truest sense,” which resulted in a different experience. The development team will have to pay more attention with the second game in order to match the original mode in a “fundamentally core way.” You can find the rest of his commentary below:
All the things that you and I know about the evolution of the franchise, if you’re going to say one thing about Halo 2, you’re going to talk about real multiplayer. I think you just have to nail that in just such a fundamentally core way. Frankly [if we’d have to do it] probably better than we did with Halo 1 Anniversary. I thought the multiplayer in Halo 1 Anniversary was good, but Halo 1 never had multiplayer in the truest sense, so it always was going to be something different. If there were something called Halo 2 Anniversary, I think the multiplayer would have to be fantastic.
“Halo 2 Anniversary” is rumored to be coming to the Xbox One later this year. The remastered port may come with a multiplayer beta invite for the upcoming “Halo 5,” which currently does not have a release date window.