Halo 2: Anniversary Edition heading to Xbox One November 11 – rumour

Wednesday, 29th January 2014 23:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Halo 2: Anniversary Edition and the Halo 5 beta will be upon us in November, and Crackdown 3 is on the way, according to the latest batch of Microsoft rumours.


A collection of snippets summarised in this NeoGAF post hail from a range of generally reliable sources.

According to the leaks, Halo 2: Anniversary Edition will release on Xbox One on November 11.

The package will also include beta access for Halo 5, the sources say, and a “real time” Halo show like Forward Unto Dawn. This show is not related to Steven Spielberg’s Halo series.

Microsoft is said to have contracted Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity, who assisted 343 Industries with the production of Halo: Combat Evolved – Anniversary Edition, to work on the re-release.

Less confidently, the sources said the game may feature an alternate ending, but was very cagey as to the legitimacy of this aspect of the rumour.

Moving on from Halo for a minute, the old Crackdown 3 chestnut surfaced again, with new and therefore untested sources saying an announcement is unlikely this year as Microsoft is targeting a 2016 release.

Microsoft is said to have struck a deal with Scottish cloud services provider Cloudgine for the game, which is codenamed Nimbus.

Thanks, Johnny.



  1. Djoenz

    @Brenna Hillier you might as well have stated that Halo 5 thus has been postponed/delayed to 2015.
    I read it on Let me do some backlinking for them.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. POOhead

    the whole layout and shit for this site is gunna take another 6 years for it to be fixed aint it?

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Djoenz

    You must have a lot of Poo on your head to be all so negative all the time…
    You must have a lot of shit in your eyes to not recognizing the actual crap you always post here…
    You must have a lot of doo doo in your ears to not be embarrassed when you hear yourself talking out loud what you type on the internet……

    You must have a lot of feces in your……aghh fuck it You’re just a waste……..

    #3 8 months ago
  4. GuuR

    @1 Nothing new though… After the first pics emerged a few months back there were speculations that Halo 5 would be released in 2014 but not long after that it was clear that an anniversory edition of Halo 2 would be released in 2014 and not Halo 5. Still can’t understand why those rumours keep turning up. Even mentioned it a while back on VG247 when they still had their old layout. O well…

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Djoenz


    Oh really? I have missed out on some news I guess….didnt even know there would be a Halo 2 XboxOne version.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Oh no its Colt

    The only thing that needs to be different from the original Halo 2 is graphics and maybe a few extras (like skulls in CE). To me, the gameplay was near perfect, and the only problem I had was the stupid cliffhanger at the end.

    Edit: Also, in my opinion, if they’re going to update the Elites’ armor, make it similar to Halo 3 style. Reach’s and CE: Anniversary’s armors were cool, but 2 and 3′s style looked much more badass.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. The_Red

    This is a dangerous move. What is it with MS and so many Anniversary (Read rehashed) titles? Thankfully at least they have a few new IPs like Quantum Break and Sunset Overdrive (RIP New IP from Black Tusk).

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Joe Musashi

    @7 I think, compared to their competitors, MS release very few HD remakes / re-releases. The last gen has shown that plenty of people will buy an HD remake.

    Though, if true, this doesn’t really add much weight to Microsoft’s pledge of investing in new IP.


    #8 8 months ago
  9. Fin


    Nintendo hypes up HD versions as tent pole products (Wind Waker HD), but I don’t think Sony does – their HD collections were usually released with little fanfare.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. hives

    If there’s a multiplayer component – I’m in! Gonna buy X1 for that :D

    #10 8 months ago
  11. shadowseer

    I’d like it on the 360 so the collection would look uniform and have the new Halo on the XB1. Still would get it eventually when I get a XB1 in the distant future. (Owning two next-gen consoles at this current time would be too silly for me lol)

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Citrus raptor

    MS should have waited and released H:A for X1. Who cares about hitting something so arbitrary as a ten year mark? Remaking 1, 2, 3 in a go and releasing them as one game for X1, would have been actually interesting. An updated version here and there, not so.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. fengato

    There goes my need for an X1 this year. Titanfall on PC (coming with full controller support) will fill the gap until Halo 5 arrives in 2015. I always found it interesting that they kept hedging on the title of the Halo teaser – now we know why.

    #13 8 months ago

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