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Microsoft not planning to remake Xbox games for the 360, questions the value of HD remakes

In an interview with IGN last week, Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer revealed that remaking Xbox classics such as Halo: CE and Halo 2 is pretty far down Microsoft's to-do list.

"I don't think it's necessarily a bad idea, I'm going to think about it from the customer's perspective, and are we really delivering something of value to the customer at a price that they want?" said Spencer.


Above: The price we want? As a big fan of the original Halo, you can have my firstborn 

The VP went on to explain that with all of the things Microsoft is up to, he doesn't “spend a lot of time thinking about it.” However, Microsoft isn't entirely myopic, and you can find countless titles from systems as far back as the Sega: Genesis on Xbox Live Arcade.

On the other side of the spectrum, PlayStation has been busy rereleasing PS2 classics such as God of War on the PlayStation Network with impressive results. But it appears that, at least for now, fans of Microsoft-published Xbox games are going to have to hang on to their phone-book sized controllers. And as for non-Microsoft games, at least one has had some trouble in the downloadable remake department, due to the 360's download size limit.

Oct 27, 2010

20 comments

  • irritatedming - October 28, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    Because why try a strategy that's been proven to work by the competition when you could spend $500 million to promote Kinect? It's not like an HD remake of the original Halo would bring in millions of dollars or anything. Nope, not like that's a popular franchise by any means. I need a beer.
  • Cutter9792 - October 28, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    right*. Photo on right*
  • Cutter9792 - October 28, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    The Master chief in the photo on the left, the remake one? Yeah, that's my friend xscan99 from Xbox Live. No Lie.
  • n00b - October 27, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    and nintendo fans will have to wait longer for their re-makes well were getting some on the 3d so i guess thats something.
  • SUCKxITxEZ - October 27, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    i want hd halo 2. that game added the most to the halo games. Swords, duel wielding, hella more guns, and xbox live. or at least the halo 2 servers back online
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 27, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    "are we really delivering something of value to the customer at a price that they want?" It's f*cking HALO, ferchrissakes! IF YOU NAMED IT HALO: PARTY EVOLVED, IT'D SELL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF COPIES ON DAY ONE! jesus christ, have you looked at the sales for God of War Collection? Multiply that by 4 and that's what you get. (turns on inner Sony fanboy) Also, stop working on Kinect. It sucks already. (turns off inner Sony fanboy)
  • TylerWildesBloodAlcoholLevelIsTooDAMNHigh - October 27, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    I agree with him, remember Butcher's Bay it took 3 years and was no different than any other HD remake but it could no longer hang with it's competitors. Fable, Halo2, Brute Force, Splinter Cell and all other would most likely fall into the same category.
  • CancerMan - October 27, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    Halo 2 is my favorite game of all time but I remake right now would be to soon. However I would love to have a reason to play it again in a few years time on the Xbox 720
  • Fuzunga - October 27, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    I don't buy it. I'm not about to believe Microsoft is going to do nothing for Halo's 10th anniversary next year. I am certain that Halo is being remade for release next fall. I bet MS is just saying this to divert attention away so nobody will expect it when it's announced at E3.
  • busterdog82 - October 27, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    @Sy87 So you want old games to be remade but not games from 1989-1999? Parasite eve and Xenogears are from 1998 and RE3 from 1999
  • nightmare17 - October 27, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    I am soooo tired of companies doing remakes. *cough* square enix *cough* I mean I played and beat the game like 10 years ago, I'm not about to go out and buy it again when there are new games out that are better worth my time.
  • postITgamer - October 27, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    well, I am still waiting for Pong 3D in HD.. www.postitgamer.com
  • bongzilla - October 27, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    That first Halo is still good, it would be pointless to remake it.. Except for people that love points..
  • batmanboy11 - October 27, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    They're missing out on a lot of money here...
  • SweatyCrease - October 27, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    Rallisport Challenge HD redux, Please Mr M.
  • ventanger - October 27, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    @Sy87, those aren't Microsoft published games. Point missed.
  • Sy87 - October 27, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    Its too early to remake thoses. Why not go back and remake really awesome games back in the day. Lets say Parasite eve, RE3, Xenogears, and bring some arcade games to live. Not games from before I was born like 89 through 90's era games. Still want my Strikers.
  • ventanger - October 27, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    When I read "went on to explain that with all of the things Microsoft is up to" I just see Kinect, and how screwed up their priorities are.
  • mausjake - October 27, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    I'll never be impressed until i can play halo c.e. multiplayer on xbl
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - October 27, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    With the next gen around the corner why go back to OG XBOX now anyway? Onward with the future I say!

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