June 6, 2011
E3 2011 – Microsoft- All things Halo
What would E3 be wit out the franchise that created the Xbox? We know Bungie departed the series with Reach and the reins would be handed over to 343 Industries, which is ran by former Bungie member Frank O’Connor. During Microsoft’s press briefing not one, but two Halo games were announced; making the screaming fan boy inside me cry tears of joy.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is just what we expected and has been waiting for. The game is the original Xbox hit with a shiny new coat of paint with online co-op and multiplayer. I was able to catch the interview Spike/Gametrailers had with Frank O’Connor. From what I gathered the game is essentially the Xbox game down to its core. There has been no tweaking of level design, or how the game plays; it was just a graphical overhaul to show the game some modern love. In the interview they tried to get the pricing out of Frank but to no avail they could not. He did how ever say that it will not be $59.99. $39.99 for a beautiful remake and an online suite with re-mastered multiplayer, I’m in! The game will hit retail on November 15th 2011.
If that was not enough Halo for you, Microsoft and 343 had one more surprise; Halo 4. The Master Chief is back in all his green glory. No game play was shown but we did get one hell of a teaser trailer from the directorial mind of Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, “Starry Night” Halo 3 ad). The trailer, as beautiful as it was, is short and didn’t offer much in the way of story but the Chief and Cortana end up on that planet that was shown at the end of Halo 3s legendary ending (yes I spoiled it, it’s been 4 years if you haven’t beat it by now, tough), thought by the internet’s to be Marathon. There is not much info at this time besides the trailer but the game isn’t due out till fall of 2012. Until then keep an eye out as this Halo nut will bring you any further information.
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