Last year Xbox 360 gamers got to experience an HD version of the Xbox game that launched a multibillion dollar franchise. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was a fateful renditioning of the original smash-hit, and it was well received by gamers because of its $40 price point and nostalgia-filled content. Now it’s being reported that the original game’s sequel, Halo 2, will be getting a very similar treatment.

According to Official Xbox Magazine‘s rumor section, they’ve been tipped off about 343’s plans to release a Halo 2: Anniversary Edition. Anyone who followed interviews with members of 343 during development of Anniversary knows that the idea was being tossed around, so this rumor won’t flabbergast dedicated followers of the franchise — it may, however, make their wallets ache in anticipation.

CVG grabbed a quick quote from OXM, and it can be viewed in all of its unparalleled glory below.

“Following the success of remake Halo: Anniversary, 343 Industries has now started development of Halo 2: Anniversary.”

It’s hard to see past the behemoth known as Halo 4 currently hurdling towards retailers, but potentially getting a revamped version of Halo 2 sounds splendid. Of course, the question now becomes when will this rumored game release, and if 343 is releasing it in line to celebrate the game’s 10 year anniversary then it’ll release on November 9th, 2014. If that’s the case, then it’s almost guaranteed to be developed on the Xbox 360’s successor (potentially named Xbox Infinity).

Microsoft may also just want to keep consumers happy with a new Halo release every year, so Halo 2 may be arriving in 2013. That would make it a nice stop gap between Halo 4 and the inevitable Halo 5, but that means it may arrive as a final hoorah for 360 owners.

We already know that Microsoft has the Halo series mapped out for the next 10 years, but we won’t know whether or not their plans were realized for another decade. Halo 2: Anniversary is almost a sure bet after the success of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, so stay tuned to Game Rant for more information on the alleged title as soon as we can get our grubby mitts on it.

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Source: Official Xbox Magazine (via CVG)