Even though the upcoming release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is exciting more so to fans of the original than gamers who haven’t played the title before, developer 343 Industries has revealed they are trying to capture audiences young and old in their two future endeavors.
With Halo Anniversary, they are clearly trying to recapture the magic that was felt two years ago when gamers first stepped into the shoes of Master Chief. On the other hand, with their forthcoming Halo trilogy (kicked off with Halo 4), 343 are trying to entice those gamers who might have been too young to play the first Halo.
What that means exactly we aren’t quite sure, especially since even if gamers haven’t played Halo: Combat Evolved they are more likely to have played Halo 3. Rather, what we think 343 Industries is trying to say is that they want to make an all-encompassing experience — one that doesn’t necessarily need previous knowledge of any Halo game for entertainment.
Microsoft’s Stephen McGill thinks that Halo 4 and Halo Anniversary are in a unique position, one that might help secure this new trilogy’s future with an entirely new sector of gamers.
“One of the key things with Halo 4 is going back to what made it amazing for people playing the first Halo. But the people who are 18 years old now were only eight when Halo appeared. They probably didn’t play it. That’s the opportunity the Anniversary pack and then Halo 4 have.”
So, when gamers do get a chance to check out Halo Anniversary this year, and Halo 4 some time in the future, there is the hope that the franchise’s audience (which is already huge) will continue to grow. As the flagship Xbox series, it’s hard to see Halo delivering anything less than fantastic numbers, but it’s still reassuring to here that Microsoft isn’t trying to rest on the game’s laurels.
Young gamers will finally get a chance to see why everyone loves Master Chief, and everyone hates the Library when the title releases this fall.
Are there any younger gamers out there who might not have played Halo: Combat Evolved who are planning on picking up the HD remake? Would you prefer that 343 start from scratch and build a completely new experience for Halo 4, or would you rather similar elements carry over?
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary releases November 15, 2011 for the Xbox 360.