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