Modders have recreated the Halo 2 Earth City demo — and it’ll be playable in The Master Chief Collection

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The Master Chief Collection is supposed to archive the Halo sequence, working from the unique during Halo 4. It’s not a 100% full assortment since Halo 5: Guardians and Halo Infinite are lacking, however it can quickly have one thing that no Halo game has ever had earlier than — the Halo 2 Earth City demo.

For these unfamiliar, you’ll be able to watch the unique Halo 2 E3 2003 gameplay demo under. Earth City, because the demo is named, doesn’t precisely match up with what Halo 2 really appeared like upon launch. Bungie, the developer on the time, used a whole lot of technological methods to beef up the visuals in a method that simply wasn’t potential within the full game. Nearly 20 years later, it very a lot is.

In an extended weblog submit on Halo Waypoint, current-day developer 343 Industries detailed its plans to revive Earth City in Halo 2 in The Master Chief Collection. This entails working with a bunch of modders, dubbed the “Digsite” crew. “The ‘Digsite’ team created new animations (or fixed old ones), corrected shaders, made new tags, and adjusted assets to not only get them working, but working pretty darn well,” praised senior franchise author Kenneth Peters.

Halo 2 minimize content material consists of extra than simply what E3 2003 attendees noticed in Earth City. The Spectre and Kestral hover tanks have been initially deliberate for the very first Halo game, and whereas the Spectre did make its method into the sequel, the Kestral has by no means been formally usable. Digsite is working to revive the unique variations of each of these, together with a smaller model of the Warthog referred to as a Piglet. Beyond automobiles, the modders want to restore unused Master Chief fashions and NPCs, weapons, and even an extra marketing campaign map referred to as Alphamoon.

Between the Earth City demo and all of the minimize content material, 343 and Digsite have their work minimize out for them. There is presently no ETA on when the challenge shall be full, however Halo followers are certain to be grateful as soon as they will get their arms on unique content material that by no means noticed the sunshine of day.