Halo: Combat Evolved remake coming to Xbox 360

A high-definition remake of the original Xbox launch title Halo: Combat Evolved has been confirmed for a release this November, sources close to Joystiq have revealed. With Bungie out of the Halo picture, Microsoft has passed the torch onto Saber Interactive, the team responsible for TimeShift, while 343 Industries will be overseeing development.

Combat Evolved will be more than a resolution bump - art assets will be completely redone, though the original audio is apparently remaining intact. Boasting a resolution of 1080p and support for the latest wave of 3D televisions, the remake is sure to shine on the latest home entertainment setups, but with backwards compatibility working fine with the original game on Xbox 360, it might be a harder sell to the more casual fan that's satisfied with their copy.

In terms of gameplay, little has been confirmed so far, but online co-op will be making its way to the final version, as well as more recent control configurations from newer Halo games. To satisfy fans of the original, it's doubtful that we'll see any radical gameplay changes. Considering the fact that the original holds a score of 97 on Metacritic, any changes to the critically-acclaimed gameplay formula would have to be minor to avoid any backlash from the community.

The remake of Halo: Combat Evolved is expected to launch November 15th of this year, ten years after the original.

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thenetavenger said,
The reason this will probably do well is simple...

Online Co-op and Online Multi-player.

There is a part of the Halo community that would love to play the original multiplayer maps with the original weapons and weapon settings on XBox Live.

If I buy the game it will be because of this.

I wish they'd rerelease all the old xbox games on the 360 so we can play them again with nicer graphics... people who say why redo it, if you dont like it dont buy it... heck I was happy Nintendo redid the original side scrolling mario games for mario all stars... should I of bought a NES and all those games just to play them when they made them a lot nicer looking on the SNES? seriosuly?

neufuse said,
I wish they'd rerelease all the old xbox games on the 360 so we can play them again with nicer graphics... people who say why redo it, if you dont like it dont buy it... heck I was happy Nintendo redid the original side scrolling mario games for mario all stars... should I of bought a NES and all those games just to play them when they made them a lot nicer looking on the SNES? seriosuly?

Agreed, there are a lot of great classic games I'd love to see remade. I just finished the new Monkey Island SE remake a few weeks ago, even though I have the original DOS version. The only thing changed was the graphics but it's still incredibly worth it, though according to Debbie Downer up there I'm a chump for wasting my money on the same game.

TRC said,

Agreed, there are a lot of great classic games I'd love to see remade. I just finished the new Monkey Island SE remake a few weeks ago, even though I have the original DOS version. The only thing changed was the graphics but it's still incredibly worth it, though according to Debbie Downer up there I'm a chump for wasting my money on the same game.

You are. Although let me elaborate slightly. There is a distinction between remaking a classic, and remaking a game that isn't that old. Halo isn't that old. I wouldn't even lump it in the same category as Monkey Island or any of the Mario's pre-n64. Interesting that we all have differences of opinions. Isn't it? Debbie Downer. *snicker*

nekkidtruth said,

You are.

No I'm not, if I enjoy the remake it wasn't a waste of money. You're trying to push your "opinons" as fact. The only thing I'm wasting is my time responding to an ignorant troll.

Edited by Rigby, Feb 5 2011, 3:41pm :

TRC said,

No I'm not, if I enjoy the remake it wasn't a waste of money. You're trying to push your "opinons" as fact. The only thing I'm wasting is my time responding to an ignorant troll.

So stop responding? I'm not pushing anything. I made a statement. If you feel like it's being pushed upon you, maybe you might consider what the real issue is. It certainly isn't that I have a different opinion than you. Because that's really all it is. I'm sorry you feel more important than that.

Tpiom said,
Microsoft... If you really must bother with remakes, then tackle Age of Empires I instead!

I would love to see some of the madness games remade, like the original Midtown Madness and Motocross Madness series. There are a lot of great games that deserve to be updated.

Skyfrog said,

I would love to see some of the madness games remade, like the original Midtown Madness and Motocross Madness series. There are a lot of great games that deserve to be updated.

Yes! I'd love to see that too.

Skyfrog said,

I would love to see some of the madness games remade, like the original Midtown Madness and Motocross Madness series. There are a lot of great games that deserve to be updated.

So true. I almost forgot about them. With the current technology they could really be awesome but... Publishers are evil!

Except this is... a completely different game, in a way.

I hate the new control schemes in the Halo games. Just leave the remake with the original controls...now if only they would rerelease the Duke controller.

ahhell said,
I hate the new control schemes in the Halo games. Just leave the remake with the original controls...now if only they would rerelease the Duke controller.

It's ages since i played halo 1 on xbox so can't remember the control schemes for it but reach have control schemes that are like both halo 3 and 2 (with slight modifications to fit the abilities and so on of course) as well as a bunch of other ones, i would guess this remake would do the same

ahhell said,
I hate the new control schemes in the Halo games. Just leave the remake with the original controls...now if only they would rerelease the Duke controller.

Well.. they needed to be adapted with the 360's controler.

Reach's default controller is the adaptation between Halo 3 and Halo 1 and 2...

Halo CE online Co-Op, I'm sold. Halo CE had the best story mode by far, because that's all they had going, no Xbox Live.

Benjy91 said,
Halo CE online Co-Op, I'm sold. Halo CE had the best story mode by far, because that's all they had going, no Xbox Live.

Agreed. The CE storyline was the best told out of any of them, probably because it was the first, lol.

I find it pretty funny that some people posting in this thread seem to have the notion that their sarcasm is engaging and playfull and that their opinion (no matter how mis-informed or misguided that opinion is) is superior or of higher value than anyone else's opinion.

This clearly shows a lack of respect of other people in general, and especially to those that have differrring opinions than theirs.

The other possibility is that some of these disrespectfull persons are nothing more than trolls, and as such deserve even less respect for those that they have for the preople they are trolling.

The trolling going on in many of the threads here these days has actually reduced my activity on Neowin's forums. Things like civilty and courteousness have gone out-the-window "just for the lulz".

As for the re-release of H:CEl; with up-to-date graphics & rendering to exploit the 360's hardware would be a nice treat, and adding Co-op and HaloCE would add a new dimmension to gameplay, and IMHO would be even more fun than the original release...and yes, that's my opinion and it's just as valid as everyone else's opinions.

--ScottKin

jasonon said,
who needs this? the classic is always the best. wouldn't people rather just buy halo reach?

I may be interpreting you wrong, but it sounds like you didn't buy Reach.

To put it simply, Reach was kind of bad. Take Halo 3, remove characters with any depth, and you have Reach. The storyline was a bunch of spartans you saw individually in one or two levels before they got killed off in their own heroic (or not, see: Kat) way. I really don't remember much of anything about Jun other than he was there for that nighttime sniper mission.

As for multiplayer, it was cool to use jet packs and forge for a while, but I eventually just found it to be the exact same thing every time. The only objective is to grind away for credits to spend on armor no one really looks at. It was just repetitive, and once you've done it x amount of times... I dunno, I guess it just got too over-hyped and ended up being too much of a disappointment for me.

CE, on the other hand, built it's own reputation. Which I guess could make all the difference.

About damn time. I can wait several months after the release and buy it used for $20. Hell, I waited this long. The first Halo was the best Halo IMO.

I don't own a 360, but if I did I would consider picking it up. I would love to be able to play the original Halo MP online.

Tpiom said,

With Microsoft as publishers... highly unlikely.

Yeah I know, but they advertised the new PSP (NGP or something?) on the XBox 360 dashboard the other day, so one can always hope, lol.

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