343 out of ideas; Decides to remake Halo

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You have to love the smell of rumors in the morning: This one that 343 studios is re-making the original Halo >sic< Combat Evolved. $10.00 says they call it Halo: Combat re-evolved or something like that, no money for guessing if I pick it up or not (yes , I will sigh). Scuttlebutt seems to think that this new new (new) Halo will arrive as early as this time next year (2011).

The game will be ready for Holidays period 2011 before the offical sequal to Halo 3 in 2012…wait what!? Another Halo game, in two years time- a sequal to a game from then 4 years ago! Crickey, if Microsoft doesn’t have a case of COD fever I don’t know what, since when was their business model to chug out a new Halo game every 12 months using, might I add the same tech…The story goes that this remake of the first great Halo will be made using the “new” Halo:Reach engine, which is if you didn’t know just a retooling of the engine first used for Halo 3 in 2007!

I wish I didn’t have to rant but when news broke that 343 studios now owned the Halo Franchise there was hope for a) new story lines b) new tech and graphics c) perhaps something different but similar to a Halo FPS that we hadn’t seen before = fail.

Microsoft’s UK Xbox boss Stephen McGill neither confirmed or denied the rumor, informing the media : “I imagine it’s a good idea. I think some people want to go back to older games and see them revisited and I think a lot of developers want to see that too.”

So to wrap this up, the good news is, there is plenty more Halo where that came from, fan boys can get wet that Masterchief is getting re-made with all new graphics which means a sexy naked blue Cortana again, the bad news is that it does nothing to further the story or the original plot let alone explain exactly who Master Chief is, it’s almost like 343 Studios can’t think for themselves, oh wait Microsoft probably has them chained to a table churning out the same Halo code for the next 10 years…

Ironically November 11th is remembrance day all over the world for fallen soldiers of war, come 2011 perhaps, we can add Master Chief to the list

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  • Eh, I think it is a good idea. Hell, Sony remade GOW and that other franchise with the dragons and whatnot? Also they are doing Prince of Persia. Not to mention the fact that the Reach graphics are pretty good. Plus, there might be new cheevos… 🙂 I am sure whatever they make in 2012 will be original in nature. It is really sad that they are going to annualize the franchise though. That never leads to good results, even in terms of money. Have you not learned from Guitar Hero, Microsoft?

  • frankcastle66

    i saw this coming i really did and its sad they one of my favorite game series is about to have the money grubbing claws of microsoft sunk into its back and drain dry of almost all fun and to be honest im looking forward the the next bungie game i hope they come out with the next big game and put as much love and passion into it as their past games i think it will be fresh and new……also i cant wait to see Respawn studios come out with what their working on and if it is an FPS i hope it blows call of duty out of the water because im not really looking forward to a “future warfare” title from Treyarch i dont think they would pull it off and if they stick to what they have now sure its fun in black ops but its only going to succeed in plowing the series further into the ground if they keep going with it in my eyes i mean how well is a world war 2 game going to sell well these days? they milked that idea for all its worth and to be honest Cod WAW only sold well because it was riding the coat tails of call of duty 4 i think everyone including myself just wanted more of what we were getting from that game and picked up Cod WAW as soon as it came out

  • a person

    first off, i hate rants about how a game sucks when it hasnt come out yet (it comes out nov 14, the 10 year aniversary of halo ce btw). second, 343 is not directly making the game, theyre overseeing it. and third, the wont annualize the game, they announced to expect a new game every 2-4 years.

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