When Microsoft announced the Xbox One X during this year’s E3 conference, they announced a slew of games to receive a 4K update, such as Forza Motorsport and Gears of War 4. Noticeably absent from the list was Halo 5 and it looks like we now know why.
343 Industries, Halo 5’s developer, confirmed today that Halo 5 will indeed be receiving a 4K update to coincide with the release of the Xbox One X. They say it will be supporting true 4K for the title, which will be a welcome addition. We found out that titles shown off at E3, such as Anthem and Assassin’s Creed Origins, were actually running in checkboard 4K and not true 4K, like the system says it can do. There will be more to announce when the release date is closer.
Despite being part of the Master Chief Collection, Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 are all joining the Xbox backwards compatibility program. Also joining in on the fun is Halo 3: ODST. All of these titles will allow LAN play on Xbox One, even being possible to include play between Xbox One and Xbox 360. Every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack will become free in the Xbox Store to coincide with the release.
2017 also marks the 10-year anniversary of Halo 3. Although it is not receiving a full-blown remaster or remake, 343 Industries is introducing a Halo 3 Anniversary Throwback playlist in Halo 5. The new playlist will be built from scratch and will include a selection of community-made Halo 3 maps created using Forge in Halo 5 and will feature “classic” gameplay settings. That’s all we know for right now but more information is on the way.
There’s a lot more Halo-related information and features on the way in what’s called the Halo Summer Celebration. You can read all about it right here.
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