Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary News

Microsoft: Xbox 360 exclusives need

Microsoft: Xbox 360 exclusives need "quality" not quantity

Bemoans Sony "selling old franchises with HD remakes".

Xbox 360-exclusive games need to have "quality and impact", Microsoft Studios exec Phil Spencer has insisted.

Creating Xbox 360-only games and IP is about more than the "number of releases in a year", Spencer continued, explaining Microsoft's strategy on securing exclusives for the platform.

"Creating core IP, as many first-and third-parties have seen over the years, isn't an easy thing," Spencer told GameInformer (via GamesIndustry.biz). "I went through the process of creating Gears with Epic and I know the sweat, time, and effort that went into it."

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Halo ATLAS app out this week

343 offers real-time player data and map info.

Multiplayer data-tracking smartphone app Halo ATLAS goes on sale from 10th December, 343 Industries has announced.

Live action clip announces Halo Living Monument

Live action clip announces Halo Living Monument

User-generated site asks for fan images.

Microsoft has just launched Halo Living Monument - a user-generated site that ask users to upload pictures of their favourite Halo memories from the last 10 years to create an "interactive 3D mosaic".

You can upload your images now, rate other submissions and share them over Facebook and Twitter.

On top of that, there's a new live action trailer, as seen below, to offer a bit of context.

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Halo Reach gets Anniversary map pack next week

1200 Points for seven multiplayer favourites.

Halo Reach owners not interested in next week's Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary release can still enjoy its revamped maps via a DLC add-on, Microsoft has announced.

343 defends Halo's Kinect features

Anniversary features are 'additive'.

343 Studios has defended Halo Anniversary's Kinect features, saying the new modes for the remake of the decade old FPS classic are 'additive' - and that they don't detract from the core game.

New Halo Anniversary maps announced

New Halo Anniversary maps announced

Timberland and Prisoner return.

Microsoft has just confirmed three new multiplayer maps for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

Timberland returns from Halo PC. Set in a forested valley with raging rivers, it supports eight to 16 players.

Halo: Combat Evolved's Prisoner map also features. Two to eight players will scrap it out in a multi-level facility, packed with tight corridors, bridges and ramps.

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Halo Anniversary gets 3D support

"More than a simple remake."

Microsoft has confirmed stereoscopic 3D support for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, to "help that sense of immersion and really help this game feel more than a simple remake".

Halo Anniversary Kinect features "optional"

"Core gameplay experience" unaffected.

Whatever form they take, the mysterious Kinect features 343 Industries has planned for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be optional, the studio has confirmed.

Original Xbox pads rebuilt for new Halo: CE

343 Industries brings back the Duke.

The team responsible for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is planning to modify a handful of original Xbox controllers to be 360-compatible so that a select few can experience the game exactly as it was back in 2001.

Halo: CE Anniversary to cost 34.99

Xbox remake gets budget price tag.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the forthcoming remake of the first game in Bungie's juggernaut FPS series, will have a RRP of 34.99 when it launches in the UK later this year.

Microsoft denies "milking" Halo

Remake "a project of passion not business".

There used to be breathing space between Halo games (Halo 1 2001, Halo 2 2004, Halo 3 2007), but in recent years Microsoft has been flinging the IP at us: Halo Wars 2009, Halo 3: ODST 2009 and Halo: Reach 2010.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary release date

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary release date

Remake coming this November.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is releasing on November 15 this year.

A poorly kept secret, the existence of the remake leaked this morning before being officially unveiled at Microsoft's E3 conference.

As expected, it's an HD remake of Bungie's 2001 original, and will feature full Xbox Live support for campaign co-op and competitive multiplayer.

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