Some time ago a VP at Microsoft said ideally they would like to release a new Halo every year. That appears to be coming to fruition. Joystiq has a story up that seems to be pretty well spot on with the rumblings I’ve heard over the past year to year and a half. If you’re interested in Halo HD, this is the news you’ve been waiting for.
According to Joystiq’s latest rumour, Saber Interactive are the ones developing the game, but are not using the Reach engine, instead using something entire different. Saber developed TimeShift and the upcoming Inversion.
Players can look forward to lush 1080p visuals, entirely new art assets, and even 3D functionality. The original voice acting will remain intact, for those worried. Obviously this is still a rumour at this point in time, but all these allegations are coming from somewhere. As the old saying goes, where there’s smoke there’s fire. 343 Industries, Microsoft’s in-house team, is overseeing the project along with the ‘other’ Halo game in the works. We expect full details to be released later this summer at E3.
Keep in mind that we’re in the ten year anniversary for the series so this HD remake makes a lot of sense. The final bit of news we have is the supposed release date, November 15, 2011. Are you ready to jump back into the original Halo?
For me, I’m kind of in the middle. While I loved the original Halo, the chance to maybe have an online co-op mode is enticing, but I don’t want them to touch the story. Release this for $30, give it a fresh coat of paint, improve the multiplayer and I’ll certainly check it out. I know my brother would be all over this if it hits. I’m also fairly certain it will be true because there’s no way MS would miss an opportunity to make millions to cash in on the tenth anniversary of their number one franchise. Obviously my biggest fear if Microsoft destroying the series by milking it to death. We DO NOT need a new Halo every single year. I think even Call of Duty is really starting to wear thin, but hey, who am I?