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Halo 2: Remaking the Legend Documentary

343 is releasing a documentary about the creation process of the Halo 2 remake.

343 Industries is set to release it's documentary on the process of creating the Halo 2 remake, called Halo 2: Anniversary.

The documentary will feature:

  • Key members of the 343 Industries team talking about their motivations behind the creation process.
  • How the new CGI trailers were created, showing the motion capture, music and voice acting work done.
  • The way the new audio for any of the numerous weapons Halo 2 has. In the trailer you can see the SMG, an iconic weapon of Halo 2.

 On the left, Keith David, the voice of the Arbiter.

Why a documentary?

Tina Summerford, Director of Programming had a few words on the scale of the project, saying:

“How do you remake a title that is so beloved by fans?  How do you decide what must stay the same and what can be updated?"

She also says why they wanted to create the documentary, saying:

"It takes an army to build any game and we realized this process was one that the Halo Nation rarely gets a glimpse into, We hit the road to capture the process from top to bottom, talking to all of the key players who helped bring Halo 2: Anniversary into the next gen and giving our fans unprecedented access to this process.”

The documentary will feature interviews with many big names in Halo, including Bonnie Ross, Frank O'Connor, Dan Ayoub, and Phil Spencer.

There will also be a number of interviews with the original Halo 2 team, writer Joseph Staten, multiplayer designer Max Hoberman, and composer Marty O'Donnell.

Master Chief is looking a little spotty.

How, where, and when can I watch it?

The documentary will premier on October 31st on Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

With a number of ways to get the content, everyone should be able to see it. You can download the full documentary for free on Xbox Video. Watch it on the Halo Channel on November 11th. And finally, you can jump onto Xbox's Twitch account at the following times:

  • Friday, Oct. 31 at 11 am PST/2 pm EST
  • Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST
  • Sunday, Nov. 2 at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST

I cannot wait to have this insight into what goes into remaking a game, especially a game as iconic as Halo 2.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is set to release on the Xbox One Worldwide on November 11th, in Belgium November 12th, in Japan November 13th and in France November 14th all in 2014.

Published Oct. 28th 2014

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