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June 9, 2011

Original Halo to be Remade and Remastered

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011

That’s right.  Halo the original is being redone.  Bungie released this revolutionary first person shooter back in November 15, 2001.  Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is set to release for XBOX 360 on November 15, 2001 – exactly ten years after the original.

This new game boasts remastered HD graphics and sound enhancement, while keeping the campaign story line consistent with the original.  Co-op play and XBOX Live options will also be incorporated.  The most exciting piece of information is that seven of the original multiplayer maps will be present in this Anniversary edition.  While details on which maps specifically these are, we can only hope that favorites like Blood Gulch, Hang ‘Em High, and Derelict will be included in the seven. And so without further ado, here is the trailer that was released a few days back at E3

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Now, after seeing this, there are a few causes for concern on Microsoft’s choice to remake this classic shooter:

  • Bungie will NOT be developing this game – Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be developed by 343 Industries.  While many key members of this team worked with Bungie during the development of the Halo Franchise, this is a new team that is NOT Bungie.  No reason for alarm, but this could be cause for minimal concern.
  • New Content – With the new technology and game play advances seen in Halo 2, Halo 3, ODST and Reach, it is hard to imagine that all of those will be eliminated.  Will dual wielding not be an option?  Will the Pistol still provide a 3-head-shot kill? Even in the trailer, we can see the fancy assassination, which was definitely not present in Halo: Combat Evolved.  And so questions are posed – Should new content be included in the anniversary edition of this game? And if so, which content makes the cut?
  • Is this just a Money Maker? – In 2001 and for a number of years after, Halo was the game for XBOX.  If you had an XBOX, you played Halo. With the upcoming development of Halo 4, the recent releases of Reach and ODST, it makes us wonder – is this just a ploy to make more money, or is the goal to actually satisfy the gamer community? The Jury is still out…

Regardless of these causes for concern, we here at NNAR will most definitely purchase this game upon its release, and will give you an updated review after seeing it for ourselves.  Hopefully, as it has yet to do, the Halo franchise will not disappoint with this new installment.