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Saturday, December 11

Halo Remake: worth taking a look?

This man has ALL the answers!
So the rumour mill has kicked into overdrive suggesting that the original Halo: Combat Evolved game is being quietly remade by Microsoft's 343 Industries. All the speculation appears to be based on a interview with Steve McGill a high level English Xbox Executive.

The original question was:

Eurogamer: Is a Halo remake something you personally would like to see? Do you think it's a good idea?

Steve McGill: I imagine it's a good idea. I think some people want to go back to older games and see them revisited and I think a lot of developers want to see that too.

But statement was taken out of context by Halo fans and journalists who ran with it - here's the question that was asked about Halo just prior to the one above:

Eurogamer:  "Why aren't you doing any HD remakes? The God of War collection Sony just released did really well - why not do a Halo remake?"

Steve McGill: I'm not sure what's in the pipeline. We're very focused on the games we've announced right now. There's lots of great stuff coming from Xbox Live Arcade, Fable III, Force Unleashed, Black Ops... 

It was a classic I've got nothing to say answer.

So what does this mean? It mean's we still have no news on the possibility of the remake. An executive from a UK arm of Xbox is not going to be quietly slipping into an interview that Microsoft is remaking Halo for the Xbox 360. In fact, he actually stated he did not know what's in the pipeline....

So one really just needs to pin down Frankie

Be the idea has legs (both before and after this current stories has done the rounds. A Halo: Combat Evolved remake could be a good Xbox 360 experience. The experience would need to be a proper remake though, not a fresh lick of paint. All the visual flair that Halo 3 and Reach had would need to be matched. All the awesome sand box elements such as spartan lasers and shields would need to have homes. 

The beauty of a Halo: Combat Evolved remake would be that all the internal learnings from the last 10 years of gaming would be able to be incorporated in too. Imagine all the Elites with new hyper Artificial Intelligence trying to flank you on the shores of The Silent Cartographer?

There's also the tantalizing prospect of the game incorporating the Xbox Kinect.

What do you think Halo fan? Should Microsoft take Halo down a remake route? What do you think should be in the game? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 

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