The campaign will be run at 1328×1080 at 60fps, instead of the native 1920×1080 display. The reason behind this drop was because of the ability to switch between the original and the enhanced graphics when the game is released as part of The Master Chief Collection.
The news was announced by Dan Ayoub, executive producer of 343 Industries in a discussion with IGN.
Ayoub said: “During development we were really pleased with the way the engine and buffer allowed us to switch instantly between classic and Anniversary engines that are running simultaneously – however that, as you might expect, put a hit on resolution.
“The campaign of Halo 2: Anniversary looked fantastic at 720p with the level of detail and clarity it gave us, but like every other aspect of the game and tech, we wanted to push it further.
“So in the last weeks of development, our teams were able to meet a stretch goal and the campaign of Halo 2: Anniversary now runs 60 fps at a crisp resolution of 1328×1080, which is a significant and meaningful boost in image quality we think fans are really going to appreciate.”
The game will be the only one of the four games in The Master Chief Collection will run at the native 60 fps and 1920×1080.
The Master Chief Collection comprises of Halo: Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, as well as entry into the Halo 5: Guardians beta when it launches in December.
It is released on the 14th November exclusively for Xbox One.
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