Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary confirmed, coming Nov. 15

[Update] 343 Industries top-dog Frank O'Connor clarified the multiplayer aspect of Halo: CE Anniversary on SpikeTV, noting that the multiplayer component actually feeds into Halo: Reach--though a copy of Reach is not required to play. Other than the online co-op, Halo: CE Anniversary does not feature multiplayer.

[Original Story] Microsoft has confirmed one of its worst kept secrets for 2011 -- the original Halo title will receive a re-mastered release, entitled the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary later this year.

Microsoft has confirmed that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be a retail product and retail for $39.99 when it launches on November 15.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is set to launch on November 15, 2011. The game will feature the original game's campaign, re-mastered using the Halo Reach engine. Also, Halo: CE Anniversary includes online co-op play via Xbox Live.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will feature six remakes of "classic" Halo and Halo 2 multiplayer maps, including Damnation, which will be featured at E3 2011.

"Developed in collaboration with Certain Affinity, the new multiplayer maps are included on the 'Halo: Anniversary' game disc, which means players will not need to own the original 'Halo: Reach' game to play," Microsoft revealed in a fact sheet for the game.

Additionally, Microsoft notes that players will be able to "uncover never-before-revealed backstories told in motion-graphic form that foreshadow new mysteries in the story of "Halo 4."

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