A forgotten gem from Halo 2 has emerged this week on Twitter courtesy of esteemed series composer Marty O’Donnell.
During the making of Halo 2’s soundtrack, O’Donnell decided to record the studio sessions with legendary musicians Steve Vai, and Nile Rodgers of Chic fame.
Posting a picture of the DVD to Twitter, O’Donnell made light of why it has never been shared until now.
“I made this 15 years ago and never shared it ‘cuz the camera was set wrong and it’s all dark and grainy. Still pretty cool if someone can tell me how to rip the DVD to a movie file.”
After help from fans, the full session is now on YouTube. It’s thirty minutes long and documents the creation of what is now known as the “Mjolnir Mix”, the incredible guitar composition that is instantly recognizable to any Halo fans worth their salt.
Watch it here to see some effortless, eye-melting shredding from some of the best guitarists in the game after they’re quickly introduced to one of the most iconic franchises in gaming.
Like it or not, this is a definitive piece of video game history, and it’s amazing to see it finally out in the open.
As for the state of Halo right now, the golden age has subsided since Bungie flew the Microsoft nest but the series is currently being rebooted under the handle of Halo: Infinite, which was revealed at E3 2018.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more about Microsoft’s ambitious project within its most popular series in the coming months.