As any Halo fan will tell you, the original Halo: Combat Evolved’s Blood Gulch – and its Halo 2 remake, Coagulation – is the quintessential, experience-defining Halo multiplayer map. And beyond that, it’s also one of the most iconic first-person shooter play fields of all-time. For the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the map is part of the Halo 2: Anniversary selection – but rather than just bringing the original Halo 2 version of Coagulation to The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries partnered with Certain Affinity to remake it (along with five other Halo 2 maps) from the ground up, making it bigger, better, and deadlier than ever before.
The remade version of the iconic Coagulation is called Bloodline, and features a number of changes to keep things fresh. It’s like a “Best Of” collection for all the iterations of Blood Gulch. Longtime players will note new additions, like the UNSC Hornets from Halo 3 behind each base and a small bridge to the side that offers new areas of cover for players attacking it.
Of course, Bloodline is still a sandbox Halo playground, and vehicles are a huge part of that. Consequently, the addition of an EMP at each base works as a defense against the inevitable Warthogs and Hornets zooming in for the kill. And if two bases isn’t enough for you, Bloodline even features a midfield base – complete with Banshee and Warthog, ensuring lots more hectic mayhem in the canyon.
New and old Halo players alike will find much to love about the new Bloodline. It takes the best elements of Blood Gulch and Coagulation and throws in some new additions that keep the map feeling fresh, while still sparkling with plenty of Halo nostalgia.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection makes its exclusive Xbox One debut on November 11, and features plenty of other Halo 2 multiplayer favorites, including Ascension, Lockout, Sanctuary, Warlock, and Zanzibar. Heck yeah!