We NEED a HALO 2 Anniversary Edition

The Master Chief, doing what he does best-
being a complete badass.
Whether we get one or not is open to some debate, though:
Update 2: IGN has received the original email interview with Steve Downes from GameZone, where the website asks, "Looking forward, Halo 5 has obviously been announced and likely will hit this fall. I know you can’t go too in-depth with this, but where are you with your process in the development cycle? How much of the game has been voiced? Have you even gone in [to the voice-over booth] yet?" To which Downes replies, "I think you may be ahead of yourself on H5. I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can [Ed. note: underlined emphasis left intact from the original document] look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of HALO 2." 

So, did Microsoft reach out to Downes after this story broke yesterday and ask him to amend his statement? When asked by IGN, a Microsoft spokesperson simply said, "We can confirm your next Halo journey will begin in 2014, but beyond that we don't have any details to share at this time." 

Read GameZone's full interview with Downes here, and check out our own Podcast Unlocked interview with Downes from last October, where he discusses his life as Master Chief, doing commercial voiceover work, and more.
Now as far as I am concerned, HALO 2 was always the weakest of all of the HALO games. (Even HALO WARS and HALO: SPARTAN ASSAULT were better, in my opinion, and those were radical deviations from the FPS formula that the original HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED reinvented.) Even so, there is a great deal to love about that game- particularly the great vehicle-based combat and the deep immersion in the HALO canon that came with the game itself.

Personally, I would love to see Sabre Studios slap a fresh layer of paint on the graphics, which were pretty awful even by 2004 standards- by the time the Xbox 360 came along just a year later, and Gears of War with it, you could tell that the graphics sucked something awful. Given what a spectacularly great job they did with HALO: CE Anniversary, I'm very much looking forward to the possibility that we'll see truly high-definition explosions, headshots, and assorted epic badassery on the Xbox One platform for a reimagined HALO 2.

Here's what I want to see in any anniversary edition of HALO 2:
  1. BRING BACK THE ASSAULT RIFLE! Seriously, how hard can this be??? The MA-series Individual Combat Weapon System is something that players either love or loathe; the Assault Rifle in the HALO series is a very difficult weapon to learn to use effectively. Once you figure it out, though, you'll never get rid of it.
  2. Get rid of that stupid cliffhanger ending. Almost any HALO fan you'll ever meet will say the same thing: the ending to HALO 2 sucked balls. What was with that anyway? Bungie made us wait three years for the next installment of the franchise to come out, and they redeemed themselves with what is in my opinion possibly the greatest FPS of all time, but still, did they have to do it that way?
  3. More s*** blowing up in spectacular fashion. I'll say this for HALO 2- there is nothing like massacring hordes of Covenant in a Scorpion in the streets of New Mombasa during the leadup to the confrontation with the Scarab. That level of badassery was only exceeded by the Scarab fight in HALO 3, and the two massive battles in HALO 4- the first one involving a Scorpion and then a Mantis, and the second one involving just a Scorpion to blast through the Covenant lines. As far as HALO goes, there is NO SUCH THING as too much stuff getting blowed up but good.
And of course there are the inevitable fanboyz who just want to see Cortana's tits in HD again. I'm not one of them. That said, I'm sure as hell not averse to the idea.

All that and brains too, eh? Too bad she's only an AI. A bats**t crazy AI.

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