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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Adds Lockout to Remastered Maps

by Kyle Hanson

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Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced via Gamespot that fan-favorite Lockout will be the fifth remastered map to feature in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The map will be playable inside the new engine offered by Halo 2: Anniversary. Six maps will be remastered from their original form, featuring improved visuals and small design alterations. Check out the screenshots in the slideshow above to get a look at how much better the map is going to look.

Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2

A Microsoft representative spoke of Lockout by saying “As one of the flagship Halo 2 tournament maps, Lockout was home to a wide host of game types, including Free-for-All, Oddball, King of the Hill, 1-Flag CTF, and of course, Team Slayer. Get ready to return to this classic battleground as Lockdown, part of the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer experience in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.”

Max Hoberman, lead designer on the original Halo 2, said “Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2. We’re thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements.”

Speaking of the changes made to the remastered version of the map Hoberman said, “Most prominent among these are a bit of cover added to the ‘Elbow,’ the long walkway connecting the grav lift to the sniper tower, and a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies. Of course this can be disabled in Forge for players who want a near-match of the original experience.”

While every map ever included in a Halo game will be playable in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, only six are getting the full remastered treatment that Halo 2: Anniversary’s campaign will receive. Lockout joins the other four announced maps, which are Sanctuary, Coagulation, Ascension, and Zanzibar.

previously speculated on the six maps that would be included and have been doing well so far. My list, with confirmed maps listed in bold, was: Ascension, Coagulation, Lockout, Zanzibar, Sanctuary, and Ivory Tower. I was concerned that Ivory Tower might be swapped out for Midship, another small map like Lockout, but with the recent reveal that Midship would be remade for Halo 5: Guardians I am pretty sure of my final guess. Still, anything can happen and 343 could throw a curve ball with some other fan-favorite like Turf or Terminal.

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