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Halo 2's high-definition remake gets a righteous look back

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Fan of the game or not, this teaser trailer for a documentary about Halo 2 Anniversary should take you right the hell back to 2004, and ten years never seemed like so long ago. Lord, we are old.

That's Peter Jennings on ABC's World News Tonight, framing a perfectly understandable lede on the importance of a video game for dinnertime viewers who never heard of the thing before. And not Halo as it is known today. Halo 2, on the day of its release. "It is a huge moment for the manufacturer." Yep. It was.

"Remaking the Legend — Halo 2 Anniversary," will tell everyone how that came to be. Halo 2 is getting a long awaited high definition update within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which arrives Nov. 11 on Xbox One.

Xbox's longtime face Larry Hryb; the division's top boss, Phil Spencer, and others from 343 Industries will chronicle the game's development and re-release in a documentary feature coming soon. No date for the film is yet announced but it'll likely be before the anniversary edition's release, and deploy on Xbox Live when it does.