E3 MVG 2011 Selection: Halo Anniversary interview

A remake of Halo: Combat Evolved – the game that created a cultural icon, launched a massive multimedia franchise and helped revolutionize first person shooters on consoles – appeared on our Top 7 games we want announced at E3 this year. Now that the rumor is a reality, of course it landed on our list of the “Most Valuable Games” at E3 2011.

Halo: Anniversary takes the original classic and makes it classic-er. The outdated 2001 graphics are now as crisp and lovely as those in Halo: Reach, with a button that can switch seamlessly between the two versions and highlight the drastic difference. In an effort to please fans, the gameplay has remained untouched – right down to the source code – but weaknesses like the confusing Library level have been improved through subtle shifts in environment design. And most intriguingly, the collectible terminals now unlock a secret story with hints for the just-announced Halo 4. Multiplayer, on the other hand, has been updated to include popular recent additions like assassinations.

In our MVG interview behind the scenes of Microsoft’s E3 2011 booth, I discuss all of the above and much more with Frank O’Connor of 343 Industries. Want to know what non-Halo game Frank wishes would be remade? Watch the video – the answer will definitely surprise you.

Jun 16, 2011


  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - June 25, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    I'm so happy right now I feel like I might cry! I'm not going to, but I'm just so relieved about the multiplayer. From listening to Ryan McCarffrey, he made it seem like all it would be is Reach, and the maps would be DLC, sort of like ODST having that seperate disk for Halo 3 maps. Thank you Charlie for doing this interview, and for making me excited about this game again!
  • CrashmanX - June 18, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    I still want to know if it'll be on the damn PC! If it's not on the PC, then 343 is no longer worth my time.
  • ParagonT - June 17, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    @HankVenture I see your point though man. It's just a new graphic engine slapped on it. I'm personally not going to get it as it's not worth it in my eyes, but to each their own.
  • Kethmach - June 17, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    I'm totally in love with the idea of a Halo remake. That fact that one is coming out- and it looks like it's been handled with such care and respect to what made Halo- HALO... is awesome. I'm so excited to see the original in HD... and then swap over to real HD. I still have and still play Halo CE on my 360, but upscaled is not the same as High Def so what a blast that's going to be! And terminals!! I can't wait to find those!
  • pimpdaddie - June 17, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    dude frank o'connor just spews humbleness. I am so glad he is in charge of the Halo franchise and I can see that he really cares about what he does!!!! GO 343i!!!!!!!!!!
  • HankVenture - June 17, 2011 3:44 a.m.

    ps. im still gonna get it. I don't know why I am bitching
  • HankVenture - June 17, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    you better have asked why im about to pay 40 fucking dollars for this game cause I'm not seeing a reason. yea the graphics are greatly improved but are you saying I pay the extra 20 on other games for the new story line?
  • Apocalypse265 - June 17, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    :D So excited for this! I still constantly play the original so I can't wait to see it with updated graphics. Recaptcha: Small grenade I feel like there is supposed to be an irony in there...
  • WalmartSuperstar - June 17, 2011 1:28 a.m.


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