The Halo series has become synonymous with console gaming ever since it first released on the original Xbox. Whether it’s the story’s epic scale or the strong, balanced multiplayer that draws gamers in, there’s no surprise that the series has maintained its momentum after ten years. With the release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary looming on the horizon, gamers everywhere are itching to return to the battlefield that started it all.

For anyone who has ever played the multiplayer component of the various iterations of the Halo series, there are sure to be maps that become immediately recognizable. One that no doubt stands at the top of many gamers’ lists is the small but brutal Beaver Creek. Even though it’s been years since it last made an appearance in a Halo game, ever since the announcement of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, gamers have been readying their rocket launchers for another chance to fight for survival in the familiar canyon.

In a new Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary trailer premiering today, players get a better look at just how great Beaver Creek looks after making its transition to HD. Check it out below!


For anyone’s who’s spent any amount of time in the popular battlefield, the map’s layout will be instantly recognizable. From the rocket launcher stashed atop the central arch to the frantic battles around the bases at either side of the canyon, the newly renovated Beaver Creek seems to retain everything that made it such a classic. While the game will be seeing some minor changes in the way of Kinect integration and animated terminal entries, it’s great to see 343 Industries refraining from modifying aspects of the original Bungie game that made fans fall in love with the series in the first place.

Despite this, with new weapons having been introduced over the years in addition to Reach‘s engine, new strategies will surely be forged in the new Beaver Creek in no time. With an energy sword spawning in the center of the map, gamers will be presented with an alternative to the mad dash for the map’s rocket launcher. With these slight changes added onto an already acclaimed game, it’s not surprising that Microsoft is hoping to draw in a younger generation with the newest Halo title, viewing the series as the deciding factor of the Xbox’s future.

With Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary nearing release, Microsoft is confident that Halo still has a strong future in front of it and isn’t afraid to take gamers behind the scenes to show this.

Are you happy to see Beaver Creek retaining the features that made it a fan-favorite? What map are you most excited to get your hands on when the game launches?

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is set to launch on November 15, 2011 for the Xbox 360.