According to a rumor being floated by U.K. magazine Games Master, the first release of 343 Industries(the recently formed Microsoft studio behind Halo minis like Halo Waypoint) will be a remake of Halo: Combat Evolved. The rumour states that the game would be in HD and made by 343 Industries using the Halo Reach: Engine. Microsoft haven’t confirmed or denied the possibility of a remake but when questioned say it is just focussing on supporting Halo: Reach. If true then it is speculated that the game would be available ahead of a full Halo 3 sequel and could even be released on the tenth anniversary of the original.
The magazine cites “industry chatter” as their source, and claims the remake will be built using the Halo: Reach engine. Moreover, Games Master reports this remake will be released in 2011, preceding a real Halo sequel (likely Halo 4) in 2012. And when asked about the rumor, U.K. Xbox boss Stephen McGill told the magazine that “I imagine it’s a good idea.” Obviously not a confirmation, but not exactly a flat-out denial, either.
Whispers are claiming that the project stems from a desire to re-make the first Halo title and update it with HD graphics to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Halo’s arrival on the original Xbox platform. It could be nothing more than wishful thinking, but it is possible that it could be something that Microsoft is at least considering. We suspect that right now it is likely nothing more than talk; but you never know.
The idea behind the remake would be to bridge the gap between the next big sequel in the series, which is currently scheduled for release in late 2012. In other words, that would make the Halo: Combat Evolved remake ready for your consumption probably late 2011.
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