The original Halo: Combat Evolved was also the first in the series to come to computers, but now it's set to follow Bungie's prequel Halo: Reach as the second title to join the Master Chief Collection on PC. Today, either to keep the hype burning or to suggest it'll have an official launch sooner than we think, 343 Industries released a brand new trailer that takes viewers right back to Halo's opening moments.
"Unseal the Hushed Casket" dusts off Halo's opening exchange between Cortana and Captain Jacob Keyes, just moments after the Pillar of Autumn escapes Reach. Having made a blind slipspace jump—or, as the penultimate chapter of Reach hints, maybe a not-so-blind jump—the Autumn arrives near a Halo ring with Covenant forces in close pursuit. Keyes then gives the orders to bring the Master Chief out of stasis.
The new trailer is a very pretty and atmospheric take on the scene, and if the most recent 343 development update is any indication, it looks to be using some assets that have been created for a new main menu that'll come to the Master Chief Collection on both PC and Xbox One.
Last month, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary had its first public "test flight" on PC through 343's Halo Insider program. It lasted for two weeks and included a slice of the campaign and support for multiplayer matchmaking. Before the testing period's end, people had already figured out how to mod it—one enterprising Halo fan has already whipped up a flyable Pelican dropship for it.
It's possible that this trailer means an official release is just around the corner, but the test flight wasn't without its issues. 343's latest blog lists dozens of recent bug fixes and tweaks as well as a brand new feature for the port: Halo's classic audio as a toggle option in multiplayer. Previously, 343 announced that the Master Chief Collection version would receive updates for PC and console that enable Halo's original audio as a campaign option; with the original release of Combat Evolved Anniversary in 2011, it had all been replaced.
All in all, when Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary does hit PC, it should be a substantial upgrade over the original 2003 port from Gearbox in terms of stability, features, and ongoing support. Once it's added to the Master Chief Collection on PC, 343 will move on to bringing out Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 on Windows (the latter three haven't been playable on PC).
For more on Halo, read Mike's impressions of the new Halo: Reach PC port, and check out the new details on Halo Infinite that we've gleaned from—of all places—a line of Nerf blasters that will come out close to the launch of Infinite and the Xbox Series X.
Update: This piece was edited to clarify that Halo 4 is also intended for release on PC in the future. We apologize for the omission.