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Blur Helps Launch ‘Halo’ Master Collection Anniversary Release

Blur Studio produces almost an hour’s worth of cinematic sequences and refreshes over forty characters for the ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection' anniversary release.

Los Angeles, CA  -- Blur Studio worked closely with 343 Industries to revitalize and retell some of the most iconic moments from the venerable "Halo" franchise for the anniversary release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers the complete story of “Halo’s” legendary hero, the Master Chief, for the first time on one console, and Blur was brought in to refresh over forty characters and almost an hour’s worth of cinematic sequences from Halo 2: Anniversary.

‘When we began this project, we immediately knew Blur was the ideal partner to help us make these 10-year old cinematics jaw-dropping for the modern era. We are thrilled with the work Blur has accomplished,” said Dan Ayoub, Studio Head of External Development for 343 Industries.

One of the biggest challenges from the outset was finding the best approach to creating a feature film scale production under a tight timeline. Blur developed custom, innovative tools and staffed the project with nearly 160 top-level artists to meet production demands.

For this project, Blur and 343 Industries set out to raise the bar in cinematics and to show how far the state of the art has evolved since the release of Halo 2 ten years ago. Blur enriched the experience with highly realistic characters, stunning visual effects, deeper emotion and action and evocative storytelling. The process started with extensive concept design of close to 40 characters and almost as many environments. The project deepened the company’s longstanding, collaborative relationship with Xbox, and also tapped Blur’s unique sensibility for storytelling combined with a genuine affinity for the “Halo” franchise.

“The talent here at Blur is really special, and this project allowed us to showcase our ability to deliver longer format work, tell bigger stories--and basically create an animated feature in six months,” explained Franck Balson, who directed the project at Blur. “It was also an incredible honor to have the trust of Xbox--and not only reimagine existing ‘Halo’ stories--but also tell new stories with the prologue and epilogue sequences that bookend Halo 5: Guardians.”

Now available for Xbox One, Halo: The Master Chief Collection brings the ultimate “Halo” collection together (Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4) with a unified Master Menu that features every campaign chapter unlocked, enabling fans to experience the Master Chief’s story and “Halo’s” legendary multiplayer like never before. Play “Halo” your way, with curated playlists from the campaign and more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps from across all four “Halo” titles.

Source: Blur Studio

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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