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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition is designed to appeal to a new generation

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So while Microsoft is getting ready to launch a brand new Halo trilogy next year, in order to to sate our thirst for some Covenant blasting action, we’re going to be treated to an HD remake of the original game that started the whole thing. Except this time, its going to be more than just a simple cosmetic makeover for the anniversary edition of the first Halo game.

Microsoft wants to hook introduce an entirely new audience to Halo, one that was too young to play the game when it first came out back in 2001. Microsoft UK Xbox and Entertainment Director Stephen McGill explained to MCV how he hopes the anniversary edition of Halo will still appeal to long-time fans, while drawing in the same crowd of gamers who have been playing more modern games such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.

The tenth anniversary is huge and is a product of great passion. It’s important we celebrate this- the game itself was a huge milestone for us and kickstarted the platform in a lot of ways. But the platform has evolved dramatically in that time, so it’s worth going back to show how it still stands up as a product made today.

One of the key things with Halo 4 is going back to what made it amazing for people playing the first Halo. But the people who are 18 years old now were only eight when Halo appeared. They probably didn’t play it. That’s the opportunity the Anniversary pack and then Halo 4 have.

It’s different to Gears of War, it’s different to Call of Duty. So it stands alongside them

Halo 4 was officially confirmed this year at E3, as the start of a new trilogy. With a new direction for the franchise, Microsoft is hoping that it will attract a crowd beyond the diehard Halo fans to the franchise. If the planned changes in the anniversary edition of Halo 01 are worthwhile, then the future may be bright for this series.

Source: MCVUK.com

Last Updated: July 5, 2011

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