Microsoft is gearing up to unleash Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary 10 years after the release of the initial game. Developer, 343 Industries, just announced a heap of new features at New York Comic-Con.
The original Halo, Halo: Combat Evolved, followed the armor-clad, super-solider Master Chief as he battled the alien Covenant and infectious race, The Flood, on the ring-world of Halo. The game has spawned many sequels in the decade since its release.
The anniversary edition features a remastered version of the single-player campaign as well as reimagined versions of fan-favorite maps from over the franchise's history. Remade maps include High Noon in the image of classic map Hang 'Em High and Breakneck as an updated version of Headlong.
Microsoft also announced some Kinect-only features to be added to the anniversary edition in a press release:
Analyze Mode - Analyze Mode is a Kinect-exclusive feature that allows players to scan items of interest within the Halo: Anniversary campaign to populate the Library, an interactive encyclopedia of Halo lore. Once in Analyze mode, new articles of interest can be added to the Library by focusing the reticule on them and saying Scan.
The Library - The Library is an expansive index that provides detailed information on items of interest players have scanned through Analyze Mode, such as vehicles, characters, enemies and weapons. Through the use of gesture controls, players can explore the entire Library at any time and then return to the campaign to continue unlocking more secrets within the Halo universe.
Voice Commands - Harness the technology of Kinect for Xbox 360 to reload your weapon, throw grenades, switch seamlessly between Classic and Re-mastered graphics and more, using only your voice.
Along with the Kinect features of the new Halo, 343 Industries also will include some new social features. It will revamp its Halo Waypoint site that feeds gamers Halo news and gear, resulting in the new Halo Waypoint ATLAS. Users with the app on their Windows Phones or online can view multiplayer matches that gives players info on their teammates in real-time. The new service will be available around Christmas.
Another feature dubbed Custom Challenges lets players challenge their friend to specific goals. For example players can challenge their friends to get 50 head shots in 24 hours. Players can then see how well they do in these challenges compared to their friends.
The new Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be released Nov. 15.