Halo: The Master Chief Collection revitalizes Halo 2's Lockout

One of the most beloved maps from Halo 2, the twisty-turny Lockout, is getting an extreme makeover in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Apart from looking much, much better, the new-and-improved Lockout will feature a few new gameplay twists, notably some extra cover near the grav lift and "a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies."

See it for yourself in new screens and a trailer after the break.
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Lockout Unveiled as Fifth Re-Imagined Multiplayer Map for "Halo: The Master Chief Collection"

Lockout is the fifth of six classic "Halo 2" multiplayer maps being re-imagined for "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," joining the previously announced Ascension, Coagulation, Zanzibar and Sanctuary.

Set in an old Forerunner research laboratory in the frigid mountains of Delta Halo, Lockout features fast-paced, close quarters combat with its narrow corridors and vertical level design. With three levels to navigate, adept players can deftly traverse around the map by mastering specific jumping points, enabling them to secure power weapons faster and set up ambushes for unsuspecting opponents.

The re-imagined version of Lockout also includes a few new features that will surprise even the most seasoned "Halo 2" veterans.

"Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in 'Halo 2,'" said Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of the original lead designers on "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. 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."

If you're visiting PAX Prime in Seattle, WA (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1), Lockout will be playable at the Xbox Booth (#412, #422, #432), where 16 stations will be available for attendees to try out "Halo: The Master Chief Collection's" multiplayer.

Throughout the weekend, 343 Industries will be hosting a number of activities for the "Halo" community, including a "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" panel, a developer signing, and the "Halo" PAX Prime Showdown - a weekend long tournament where fans can qualify and compete for $10,000 in prizes. The tournament will be broadcast live on the "Halo" Twitch channel.

Below is the PAX Prime schedule – for additional details, please visit Halo Waypoint.

Friday, August 29

"Halo" PAX Prime Showdown Qualifiers
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ASTRO Gaming Booth #842
Skullcandy Gaming Booth #3117

Saturday, August 30

"Halo: The Master Chief Collection" Panel
"Halo" and the Journey of The Master Chief
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Benaroya Hall

"Halo: The Master Chief" Collection Panel Signing
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater

PAX Prime Showdown Tournament
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
http://Twitch.tv/Halo

Sunday, August 31

PAX Prime Showdown Tournament Finals
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Grand finals: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
http://Twitch.tv/Halo

This article was originally published on Joystiq.