Start and finish the fight
Halo 5: Guardians is out next year, but Microsoft promise that the Xbox One "journey" starts later in 2014. As such we were expecting an 'Anniversary Edition' of Halo 2 to celebrate the tenth birthday of Bungie's sequel, yet a new report suggests that Microsoft are thinking significantly bigger.
Engadget claims that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will include Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4; all remastered and retouched into full HD. Sorry Firefly fans, but ODST apparently doesn't make the cut. Saber Interactive have been linked with the project, which fits considering their involvement with Halo's Anniversary Edition, so here's hoping that the often-lacklustre studio manages to do another good job here.
This makes great a great deal of sense since none of the existing Halo games are compatible with Xbox One, while many of us need our memories refreshed. Plus it would help to plug a Halo-shaped hole in the Xbox One's release schedule while delivering a perfect vehicle for Halo 5's multiplayer beta.
If true, I do idly wonder whether the name 'Master Chief collection' cements the idea of a brand new playable character in Halo 5. The artwork already places a mysterious new Spartan above the Chief, while the name of the rumoured re-release suggests that John's playable journey could come to an end (or at least a hiatus).
Am I reading too much into this? Probably. Especially if Microsoft debunk the rumour at E3.
Either way, would you buy The Master Chief Collection?