Confirmed: Halo Edition

Well as of late there have been more than a few rumors circling the gamer society involving the Halo franchise. The most important two, being that 343 Industries is remaking Halo Combat Evolved using the Reach engine and that a new map pack for Halo Reach is on the way. Both are very true. Microsoft has announced both of these, confirming the rumors and leading the franchise into a future of money. And with all respect, I am not saying that is all the Halo franchise has turned into, Microsoft trying to squeeze out anymore money they can. I still believe the “Halo” franchise ended with Reach, being Bungie’s last addition to the series but I do support the newcomers.

As true Halo fans know, Novemeber of this year will mark the 10 year anniversary of Halo Combat Evolved. And for this occasion, the branched off company of Bungie, 343 Industries is giving a very special gift. Halo Combat Evolved. But with updated graphics using the Reach engine and the fact that you can know play Halo 1 again without going offline. Now this isn’t just halo 1 with better graphics, the team promises new art assets and it is also said to support online co-op. No word on xbox live compatabiltity yet. 343 Industries have taken over the Halo series as they have started development on Halo 4. Yes, you heard right. They are in charge now. So with Halo 1 coming from them, I think it is a great way for them to get a feel for how a Halo game should be.

Halo Reach screenshot remaking Halo 1 box art

You can expect the remake to be released in November to coincide with the anniversary date. 343 has begun to build a reputation for themselves with Halo Wars, the soon to be remake, and the next installment of the Halo series. Let’s just hope they don’t screw up the series millions of gamers love. No pressure.

The next bit of new is the new “Defiant Map Pack” that was just confirmed by Microsoft. The new map pack made from Bungie in partnership with the company Certain Affinity, who is composed of old Bungie developers and have made map packs for Halo 2, Call of Duty World at War, and most recently, Call of Duty Black Ops. The pack will consist of three new maps, two made specificly for multiplayer, and one for Firefight mode. The maps and their descriptions are as follows directly from Bungie’s website:

  • Condemned: Condemned takes place aboard Orbital Station Gamma, a massive space station high in orbit above the planet Reach. Prior to the Covenant’s overwhelming invasion, Orbital Station Gamma provided long range communications for UNSC fleets and a vital lifeline between Reach and Earth. During the Battle of Reach, the station suffered terrible punishment at the hands of the Covenant but a few fortified sections remain intact, fully pressurized, and ready for combat. Condemned supports 6 – 12 players in a variety of action-packed game types, including Team Slayer, Team Objective and Free for All.
  • Highlands: Highlands takes place on the top-secret Military Wilderness Training Preserve on Reach. The Preserve is a large, wooded area where Spartan super-soldiers trained long before the war with the Covenant began. During the Battle of Reach, the Preserve was the site of key battles between the alien invaders and a group of Spartans who used their familiarity with these UNSC training grounds to significant tactical advantage…but not everyone who enters these woods makes it out alive. Highlands expands the fight with massive-scale engagements for 8 – 16 players in Big Team Battle, Team Slayer and Team Objective.
  • Unearthed: Unearthed takes the battle for Reach to a large Titanium mine and refinery located in the Viery civilian sector of the planet. This particular mine was built to take advantage of the exposed titanium inside a massive meteor crater. The titanium produced here is used in much of the UNSC hardware, from the chassis of the Warthog to the meters-thick armor plating of capital ships like the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. While this facility was quickly abandoned when the Covenant arrived on Reach, it still has significant tactical (and economic) value and it won’t be long before both humans and Covenant return to battle for control. Unearthed allows up to 4 players to launch a counterassault against the Covenant in Firefight and Firefight modes such as Generator Defense
  • The map pack will cost 800 Microsoft points and will debut sometime next month. If you want to get a first look at the new maps, watch the trailer on Bungie’s website here.

    Screenshot of Condemned

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