The high-definition remake of the original Xbox launch title Halo: Combat Evolved has been confirmed for this holiday release. It's being remade with new art assets, while Halo's audio will likely remain unaltered, the controls will allow for more recent Halo configurations.
Sources explain that in the re-release Bungie is out of the Halo picture, and allegedly being developed by New Jersey-based Saber Interactive, the team responsible for TimeShift, while 343 Industries will be overseeing development.
The Halo: Combat Evolved update, one of two Halo games currently in development under the watchful eye of 343 Industries, is expected to support 1080p resolution and 3D televisions. Details on multiplayer are supposedly still being worked out, but we understand the remake will likely feature online co-op (the original game supported two-player split-screen co-op).
In terms of gameplay, little has been confirmed so far, but online co-op will be making its way to the final version, as well as more recent control configurations from newer Halo games. To satisfy fans of the original, it's doubtful that we'll see any radical gameplay changes. Considering the fact that the original holds a score of 97 on Metacritic, any changes to the critically-acclaimed gameplay formula would have to be minor to avoid any backlash from the community.
The game is expected to re-evolve on November 15, 2011, ten years after Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox.
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