By Jonathon Dornbush
Updated October 29, 2014 at 01:00 PM EDT
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You’ve never seen Master Chief look this good before.

While Halo: The Master Chief Collection combines the first edition of Halo with the following editions up through Halo 4, the game receiving the biggest overhaul among them is Halo 2, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Nov. 9. The game has been given a complete visual facelift courtesy of Halo developers 343 Industries, and to complement their work, the studio brought in an industry stalwart to redo the game’s cinematic cutscenes.

Below, watch the exclusive debut of a Halo 2 trailer highlighting some of the work done for the game by visual effects outfit Blur Studios. The studio, which has done similar work on just about every major series in gaming, from Star Wars to Far Cry to the Batman: Arkham games, completely upgraded every memorable scene from the original Halo 2.

From environments to characters to camerawork, Blur has delivered some of their most gorgeous work to date, and the trailer is just a tease of what’s to come in the full game’s cinematics.

Blur’s work looks beautiful on its own, but how about when compared to Halo 2‘s original cinematics? Blur compiled a few scenes from Halo 2 and placed them alongside their originals, so fans can see just how drastic an upgrade they’ve made to the game.

The first comparison showcases Blur’s knack for environmental shots, with a space-set sequence that may give Interstellar a run for its visual effects money.

The next scene shows Master Chief discovering the Prophet of Regret’s plans, but what’s most stunning is how good 10 years has been to video chatting in the far reaches of space.

The final sequences involves Commander Keyes fighting to retrieve the Index, which looks a lot more dangerous with the visual upgrade.

Look forward to an exclusive discussion with the teams at Blur and 343 about the process behind remastering the game’s cinematics. Until then, feel free to watch the trailer another dozen or so times.


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