Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary confirmed, coming Nov. 15

Microsoft has confirmed one of its worst kept secrets for 2011 -- the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary re-mastered release.

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[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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    June 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary confirmed, coming Nov. 15.

    Microsoft has confirmed one of its worst kept secrets for 2011 -- the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary re-mastered release.

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      June 6, 2011 10:41 AM

      WORST. KEPT. SECRET.

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      June 6, 2011 10:57 AM

      Oh, if its running on Halo Reach then its running on the Halo engine.
      Nothing's changed.
      EXCELLENT!

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      June 6, 2011 11:37 AM

      November 15. $39.99. Details on multiplayer added to the story.

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        June 6, 2011 11:42 AM

        Hmmm, I miss Halo 1 but will I by it? Well it did have some awesome guns and maps.

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      June 6, 2011 12:08 PM

      What does this mean? No remake of the Halo 1 campaign? >:(

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      June 6, 2011 12:15 PM

      I'm confused. What will the multiplayer be exactly. Is it Halo 1, 2, Reach or some weird combination of them. All I really want is Halo 1 online on a console finally. If this isn't halo 1 multiplayer than I'll be skipping it and just continue to use the PC version for my Halo fix.

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      June 6, 2011 12:50 PM

      Updated with the trailer.

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      June 6, 2011 12:56 PM

      It really shows how far the game industry has come when they can sell a 10 year old game for $40.

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        June 6, 2011 2:49 PM

        If only it was the exact same game for $40. Oh wait, it isn't.

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      June 6, 2011 1:13 PM

      Looks to me like a winner. Looks like Halo 1 finally online on the xbox 360.

      However, hopefully it will matchmake coop for the campaign. I don't want to count on my friends being available online. As Borderlands showed me, coop matchmaking with random people is fine.

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      June 6, 2011 1:36 PM

      Nice, definitely my favorite one.

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      June 6, 2011 1:43 PM

      I wonder what they did with the library level...

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      June 6, 2011 1:45 PM

      Hijackr} What generation of consoles and beyond do you feel no longer require remakes of their games? I support remakes the from NES, SNES, PS1, N64 and older eras, because the advanced technology of today often more fully realizes game worlds from those eras. I point to RE1 on GameCube as perhaps the greatest remake ever made. And reboots are an exception, as those are more intended to take a game in a new direction for a new audience.

      But I can't say the majority of PS3 and 360 games--and even many games from the last generation of consoles--needing remakes due to exponentially more sophisticated technology coming along.

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        June 6, 2011 1:46 PM

        FATALITY

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        June 6, 2011 3:00 PM

        Honestly I don't give a shit what console it's from. If Bethesda remade Oblivion in the Skyrim engine I would play the shit out of it. I wouldn't pay full price for it though, but as long as it was a budget title that would be cool.

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        June 6, 2011 4:10 PM

        Have to agree about RE1 on the GameCube. Seriously impressive.

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        June 6, 2011 10:49 PM

        They should remake Mass Effect 1.

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      June 6, 2011 2:27 PM

      Any word on client-side (or "couch") Co-Op? That was probably the best part of the original... but the trailer specifically ONLY mentions Xbox Live Co-op...

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      June 6, 2011 2:42 PM

      When I first heard about about this I was SO excited. I thought that Halo 1 remade with today's graphics engines would be one of the sweetest things ever. And then I saw the trailer. -sad face- I might pick it up used in the 5 dollar bin at Gamestop. Way to treat the franchise that let you kick in the door to the console business Microsoft.

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      June 6, 2011 2:42 PM

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      June 6, 2011 3:11 PM

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      June 6, 2011 4:26 PM

      Halo 1 was so much fucking fun. I remember staying up all hours of the night playing it with my brother on legendary.

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        June 6, 2011 4:39 PM

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          June 6, 2011 5:04 PM

          The only one that came close was ODST. I really had a great time with that game.

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        June 6, 2011 5:02 PM

        Yup! I remember screaming with my friend on the last stretch of the last level, it was so amazing.

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        June 6, 2011 6:35 PM

        In the Army we set up 4 Xbox System Link with 2 in one room and 2 in the other so it was perfect 8v8 isolation. We had plans and tactics and played epic battles in Blood Gulch and Sidewinder.

        Oh shit, Sidewinder is coming back!

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      June 6, 2011 4:51 PM

      Halo was awesome. I remember beating it in just a couple of sittings in the week before xbox launched. That was one of the best perks of working in that store.

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      June 6, 2011 4:56 PM

      The graphics aren't that good. But my Halo 1 disk is broken. Change "The Library" and I will buy this and play it ten times over. Oh and fuck Halo 4 if it's anything like Reach, 2, 3, or ODST.

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        June 6, 2011 5:55 PM

        LOL

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        June 6, 2011 6:53 PM

        ...wha.. but I... this post doesn't...

        "sigh"

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          June 6, 2011 6:55 PM

          I didn't really like any of the Halo SP campaigns other than 1 : (

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            June 6, 2011 7:21 PM

            Having taken the time to reflects, I get it.

            Halo 1 is very different from the others. In fact, the series as a whole has seen a few major shifts. I've enjoyed every game except ODST, and each game has had its strengths.

            I thought Halo:CE was the best of the Halo games up until Reach was released. So, you have every right to only care for CE.

            I guess I was surprised at how adamant you were in how you expressed your opinion.

            I'm excited about the remake. Halo:CE holds a special place in my memories. I don't know if an update will recapture that. I also hope that they are judicious in what they change. (I like the inclusion of assassinations, for example)

            Locatersixteen, there are plenty of wonderful video games for us all to enjoy.

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              June 6, 2011 7:35 PM

              What's awesome about the series is that each game in the series is pretty unique in setting and level design, making each one special and different to play.

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        June 6, 2011 7:52 PM

        I'm looking forward to it, but I agree with you - I hope they change up some of the copy/paste levels later in the game.

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          June 7, 2011 2:49 PM

          It would be awesome if they replaced every level of the game with a copy/paste of the library (but put trees/water/etc. around it to give some variation)

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        June 7, 2011 6:47 PM

        wow...

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      June 6, 2011 6:05 PM

      Will there be a PC version? I loved my Halo:CE on the PC.

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        June 6, 2011 6:53 PM

        HAHAHAHAHA, that'll never happen.

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          June 6, 2011 10:23 PM

          And if it does, it'll be Games for Windows Live mandatory, or an ActiveX plugin game requiring a Live ID sign-in.

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      June 6, 2011 6:34 PM

      I wonder if there will be a mode where you can play Halo CE-A with the Reach version of the Covenant. I think that would be sweet.

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      June 6, 2011 7:10 PM

      Screw no online. I played CE online on the PC so much.

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        June 6, 2011 7:17 PM

        I know, that's such a weird omission.

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          June 6, 2011 8:35 PM

          I agree, but maybe they did that because they didn't want to draw attention from their map making for Reach.

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        June 6, 2011 10:23 PM

        Halo Reach is the better MP gameplay now. All you need are the maps really. It wouldn't be as fun to play Halo1 multiplayer without the abilities you have in Reach.

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      June 6, 2011 7:32 PM

      they'll never nail the machine gun like they did in the original :(

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      June 6, 2011 9:49 PM

      "Other than the online co-op, Halo: CE Anniversary does not feature multiplayer." -Frank O'Connor
      Wait...
      "Combined with classic multiplayer maps enhanced and updated for X-BOX Live" -Video Narrator
      Whats going on here?!
      My assumption is that it'll be a new Reach Map Pack.

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        June 6, 2011 10:38 PM

        That's what I'm guessing, because the video clearly showed MP matches on H1 maps.

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      June 6, 2011 10:20 PM

      I was thinking months ago that they should redo Halo 1 and 2 in the Reach engine...but they should be Xbox live games and $20-30 each. (Yet again, what I'd expect to pay for a 360 game is less than they're actually charging. Maybe I need to get my head checked for inflation.)

      $40 seems a bit too much, though.

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