I know it’s a bit dated now but I was rather proud of my work on this one: this is the trailer with extended gameplay footage for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, along with all-new (at the time) screen stills and the teaser trailer for the upcoming Halo 4, compiled for use in an article I wrote. A copy of that article is what follows the video.
Halo Celebrates It’s Anniversary With A Gift For You
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly re-mastered version of the original Halo campaign, created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history. cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, a bundle of some of the most beloved multiplayer maps in Halo history re-imagined for Xbox LIVE, new challenges and a new story to uncover, Halo: Anniversary is a must-have experience, coming exclusively to Xbox 360 on Nov. 15, 2011 for $39.99.
Developed by 343 Industries in collaboration with Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary immerses you in the landmark campaign and genre-defining multiplayer game that helped revolutionize the first-person shooter genre and sparked one of the most iconic science-fiction universes of all time. With a bounty of thrilling new features that include:
A stunningly re-mastered campaign. Relive the award-winning adventure that defined Halo: Combat Evolved as one of the best games of the decade with breathtaking next-gen graphics and audio re-mastered for the Xbox 360. Engage in epic-scale battles against the backdrop of the eponymous Halo ringworld, and relive nostalgic memories with the ability to toggle Classic mode to play the original version.
- Online campaign co-op: For the first time, experience the story that started it all with a friend on Xbox LIVE and launch a cooperative assault against the Covenant, whether you live across the street or halfway around the world!
- Classic Halo multiplayer maps re-imagined. Wage battle on six detailed remakes of some of the most beloved Halo multiplayer maps of all time, and bring the fight to the Covenant on a stunning and resonant new Firefight map.1 Re-mastered in the Halo: Reach engine and inspired by maps from Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, these iconic battlefields reignite the heart-pounding multiplayer action of the original favorites and let you relive epic confrontations like you’ve never experienced them.
- Developed in collaboration with Certain Affinity, the new multiplayer maps are included on the Halo: Anniversary game disc, which means players will not need to own the original Halo: Reach game to play. The first of the new remakes to be revealed will be the fan-favorite map Damnation.
- New challenges and enhanced story: Unlock up to 1,000 Achievement points as you clash with online opponents and battle through the campaign, and uncover never-before-revealed back-stories told in motion-graphic form that foreshadow new mysteries in the story of Halo 4!
And if you pre-order Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary you receive a set of special pre-order bonuses that include:
Master Chief Avatar Armor- Heroes never die, and to honor the 10th Anniversary of John 117, you will finally be able to transform your Xbox LIVE Avatar into the iconic hero by outfitting it with Master Chief’s signature MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor.
Plus the “Grunt Funeral” Skull – An exclusive, game-modifying skull that changes the rules of the game for an explosively humorous experience: once the skull has been activated, every grunt’s methane tank will explode like a plasma grenade when killed, sending Halo’s most lowly and lovable enemy out in a blaze of glory. And plasma. And then some more glory. You get it.
More information on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be revealed at Halo Fest, which will be held Aug. 26 through 28 in Seattle, Washington to celebrate this record-shattering series of games that has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and has been the driving force behind more than 3.3 billion hours of gameplay by people connected to Xbox LIVE!
And speaking of this game series, fans are literally counting down the days until the release of the next installment; Halo 4, and soaking up any details that can be found. So far not much has been revealed, but this much we know for sure:
The description says it’s “Set in the aftermath of Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his own destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.”
(Let’s just hope Halo 4, 5, and 6 are more like Star Wars: Episodes IV, V, and VI and not like Rocky 4, 5, and 6.)
And because I know how very, very badly gamers want the next, all-new installment in the Halo story no-matter how awesome Combat Evolved Anniversary is sure to be, I thought I’d do a little mixing with the CEA trailer and gameplay videos and throw in the trailer for Halo 4, along with the released images…and some never-before-seen stills. Give it my own spin, just for fun.
*Sources: All images, info, and video courtesy of Games Press and property of the Halo franchise. Audio clip courtesy of Amber Benson and the TV show “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” season #4 episode “Restless” as well as a clip from the song “Get Away” by the band Phathom from their album: Zombie Love, and the “Halo Theme” which I believe is by Bob Phillips, Marty O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori. All audio/video/image/sound editing and compiling by Dianthrax*