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Microsoft: Halo 2 Anniversary’s multiplayer ‘would have to be fantastic’

Posted on March 28, 2014 AT 06:03am

If Microsoft was to release an anniversary edition of Halo 2 its multiplayer “would have to fantastic,” according to Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer.

Rumors of a revamped version of Halo 2, similar to the anniversary edition of the original Halo, have been circulating for several months now, but Microsoft is still yet to officially announce anything. When asked at GDC by IGN what the most important feature would be if such a game were to be made, Spencer replied:

“In this fictitious world where that game existed,” he said smiling according to IGN, “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?

“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 [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,” he added, “I think the multiplayer would have to be fantastic.”

This November will mark the 10-year anniversary of Halo 2.

Source: IGN

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