343 tempers Halo Anniversary Kinect excitement

343's Frank O'Connor has stepped in to let fans know not to get "hyper-excited" about Halo Anniversary's Kinect functionality, comparing it to voice controls on Netflix.

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary may be a remastered version of an influential FPS classic, along with a budget price and Reach-inspired multiplayer. But we know the real reason you're excited: the mysterious Kinect support.

Well, calm down and take your Master Chief replica helmet off, because 343's Frank O'Connor has stepped in to say fans shouldn't get "hyper-excited" about the feature. But what is the feature?

"I don't think it's going to be something that people need to be hyper-excited about," O'Connor told OXM. "It'll be cool, but it's not something you'd put on the front of the box. I don't want to downplay it, but I think of it like this - I use voice on Netflix and it's awesome, and that's what this'll be like. Something that enhances [your] overall experience." This echoes earlier comments that assured fans the Kinect functions would be optional.

Voice support would make sense, as it's being utilized by other shooters like Mass Effect 3 and the Tom Clancy franchise. Gesture support isn't out of the realm of possibility, but we probably won't get that Master Chief dancing mini-game we've always wanted:

Disclaimer: This is not a real game. Just in case you got your hopes up.

As for when to expect the Kinect reveal, even O'Connor has no idea. "We don't even have a date penciled in for the announcement."

Microsoft and 343 will have to make the announcement sooner or later, unless they plan to just let us find out for ourselves when the game launches on November 15. Personally, we're hoping for Halo: Anniversary Now with Bears!

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    August 2, 2011 11:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, 343 tempers Halo Anniversary Kinect excitement.

    343's Frank O'Connor has stepped in to let fans know not to get "hyper-excited" about Halo Anniversary's Kinect functionality, comparing it to voice controls on Netflix.

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      August 2, 2011 11:05 AM

      "influential FPS classic"? More like shitfluential, what with it's regenerating health and two weapon limit.

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        August 2, 2011 11:06 AM

        why did you do this haxim

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        August 2, 2011 11:07 AM

        The original Halo didn't have regenerating health. It has shields and health packs.

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          August 2, 2011 11:15 AM

          hook, line and sinker

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          August 2, 2011 11:38 AM

          Which is one of the reasons I actually like it compared to 2 and onwards.
          The whole regen "health" (shields) only of 2 and 3 really threw me off, as I liked the balance of regen and health packs. Besides the fact they just didn't feel as awesome even though they looked better graphically. And the focus on online multiplayer which I really didn't care about.

          Anyway, it was definitely influential, but I'm not sure about it being classic in any meaning other than it's fairly old now.

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            August 2, 2011 11:40 AM

            Have you played Reach or ODST yet? Reach only had limited health regen and might be more UP YOUR ALLEY. So to speak.

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        August 2, 2011 11:07 AM

        Fuck off. Halo is a Classic, and a game that came to define console shooter.

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        August 2, 2011 11:07 AM

        Not gonna bite on the obvious troll.

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        August 2, 2011 11:26 AM

        Sorry, no.

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        August 2, 2011 11:47 AM

        yes, influential is the better term than the oft mis-used, innovative

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        August 2, 2011 11:49 AM

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        August 2, 2011 3:33 PM

        Halo, more like.. Shitlo or Failo.

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        August 2, 2011 3:54 PM

        Haxim, this is terrible. feel ashamed, bro.

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        August 2, 2011 4:25 PM

        it's kind of a riff on abrasion... "Vista...more like shitsta! hah!!"

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        August 2, 2011 6:11 PM

        I'm gonna pull out my Halo PC and install it and enjoy it just to fucking spite because you're STUPID!

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      August 2, 2011 11:06 AM

      "TEABAG"
      "TEABAG"
      "TEABAG"

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        August 2, 2011 11:49 AM

        to be fair, it's the only thing you can do. Once again, the Community fills in the holes that the developers left us to deal with.

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        August 2, 2011 12:02 PM

        Hahahahaha.

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        August 2, 2011 3:22 PM

        Exactamundo.

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      August 2, 2011 11:51 AM

      No one gets excited about Kinec functionality, Mr. Frank.

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      August 2, 2011 4:18 PM

      I kinda agree. I love halo as a console shooter, but I do wish the influence and stuff didn't end up on pc games as well lol.

      and halo pc didn't work for me because it was way too slow for a pc game =/

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