Microsoft today revealed that, 16 years after its original release, Halo 2 is joining its fellow games in theÂ Master Chief Collection on Steam, Xbox Game Pass, and the Microsoft Store. Itâs nice to know Iâll have something to keep me occupied until major game releases resume in June.
Earth will never be the same.
â Halo (@Halo) May 5, 2020
Halo 2 AnniversaryÂ is the remastered version ofÂ Halo 2Â originally released with theÂ MCCÂ on the Xbox One back in 2014. TheÂ MCCÂ has so far been a delight on Steam, proving Microsoft made the right choice in bringing its games back to Valveâs platform.Â ReachÂ was the first game of the series to be part of the collection when it was released last year, withÂ Halo Combat Evolved AnniversaryÂ being released just this March. Microsoft plans to bring the whole series to theÂ MCC for PC at various points throughout the year. The company itself admitted in an Xbox Wire release that the point is to spend the whole year priming the audience with the Master Chief saga up to the present moment to prepare for release ofÂ Halo InfiniteÂ in tandem with the Xbox Series X at the end of the year.
So far, Iâve been pretty pleased with theÂ MCC. Before I started playing it, my knowledge ofÂ HaloÂ was academic at best â which is a fancy way of saying Iâd never really played it for any great length of time. Yes, there are games I havenât played, try not to drop dead from shock. But from the release ofÂ ReachÂ to now, itâs proved to be a great distraction fromâ¦ you know, everything. It also makes a great addition to Xbox Game Pass, which is a great bargain in and of itself.
Part of the reason this release will be so welcome is that game releases have entered a bust period after its boom earlier this year. While the story DLC ofÂ Mortal Kombat 11Â (also revealed today)Â will keep me occupied for a while when it comes out at the end of the month, the next âbigâ game isÂ The Last of Us Part IIÂ (the story trailer of which was also revealed today, coincidentally) on June 19. I donât know about you, butÂ Animal CrossingÂ can only last me so long. So thank goodness forÂ Halo 2Â for saving us all from this short slump in the schedule.
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