Last night at RTX 2014 in Austin, fans got a crack at Halo 2: Anniversary Edition, the remaster of Bungie’s 10-year-old game to be included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection this fall. Among other tidbits gleaned from the presentation is the inclusion of a gun-mounted Mongoose vehicle, lovingly referred to as the “Gungoose.” (via Halo Waypoint)
The nimble, but vulnerable M274 Mongoose first appeared in Halo 3 as a fast transport option ideal for objective-based game modes like capture the flag, but too frail and prone to high-speed flips to make it particularly useful in combat unless you also had someone with a serious heavy weapon riding shotgun. The new M274-M remedies that by bolting a powerful anti-infantry gun onto the hood, opening up new possibilities for high-speed assaults. The developers have added a new mode, Gungoose Capture the Flag, to highlight their new toy.
343 Industries also used the event to premiere Coagulation, one of six maps that have been completely re-built for the Xbox One release of The Master Chief Collection. Coagulation was a popular Halo 2 multiplayer map that was itself a remake of the sniper-friendly Blood Gulch map from Halo: Combat Evolved.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection comes to Xbox One on November 11, bundling remastered versions of Halo 1-4 for $60. There’s been no mention of Halo 2: Anniversary Edition being sold separately, so you’ll need the full collection if you want the remastered game.