E3 2011: Xbox.com outs Halo 4, Halo HD remake

Microsoft's site prematurely tips its hand for new Master Chief entry, "remastered" version of Combat evolved; Dance Central 2, Kinect game "Ryse" also shown.

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LOS ANGELES--Even though Microsoft's press conference isn't for another two hours, several of its biggest surprises have already been revealed. Briefly this morning, the official Xbox.com E3 page flashed the software giant's entire lineup for the show, which included some major debuts.

Microsoft accidentally let slip its big E3 news, it seems. Image credit: CVG.

According to a snapshot of the page acquired by CVG before it was hurriedly pulled down, the biggest game to be unveiled is Halo 4. Aside from a screenshot of series heroine Cortana talking to the Master Chief, little was revealed about the game, other than that it was a "return to the Halo universe."

Speaking of the Halo universe, the page also outed Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. As suspected, the game is an HD remake of the 2001 original, or, as Microsoft puts it: "The epic game that launched a universe, mastered for a new generation."

Also included in the leak was confirmation of Harmonix's latest boogie game, Dance Central 2. The news comes as no surprise, as Harmonix confirmed it would be showing a new game at the show and a domain name was registered for it just yesterday.

Lastly, the page showed something called "Ryse," a new title for the Kinect. Besides its name, nothing more is known about the title, except that in it "you are the warrior" in an "action-packed Kinect experience."

Gamers eager to hear official word of the above-mentioned games can tune in to Microsoft's media briefing, which is slated for 9 a.m. PDT today.

[UPDATE] Halo 4 has now indeed been confirmed for a Fall 2012 release. The first teaser trailer for the game is below.

Discussion

210 comments
Dazler1
Dazler1

@dlCHIEF58 its not just 3 games im talking about the whole halo franchise that ive played every game - Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo ODST, Halo Reach and now back to a revamped Halo combat evolved. im not even including Halo wars as it aint a fps. So yes of coarse its been done to death upto this point. I had more fun with the first halo on the first xbox as it was fresh and new and then the 360 had halo 2 massive for multi player which was fresh and new then it just felt the same as do the COD franchise now. So the new console realease of halo 4 is the only way its going to attract people to the franchise by doing something fresh and new on realease and wont work on the existing 360 as people will only get more of the same as the previous games which to me makes it done to death. Game follow ups now feel like the star wars franchise films who now are doing it in 3D at cinemas, yes they are classics but it grindes on and on and on and we need some new ideas and that can only be done on a new system. So why on earth would you wanna see halo 4 on the 360 and not the next gen.

ZICO11
ZICO11

@kjhovey 2006:Gears 2007:Halo 2008:Gears2 2009:ODST 2010:Reach 2011:Gears3 2012:Halo 2013:More halo 2014:Gears

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Will be interesting to see how well a new studio does with this gaming series. I'm thinking this was encouraged by the big reception Black Ops got after the Infinity Ward fiasco. If shooter fans can be accepting of a big shift in a big franchise's development once, hey, they can do it again. Just pray they don't annualie it like Call of Duty and really milk it to death.

IonBlaster4
IonBlaster4

Drakkengoth, they did. The grenades and melees were the only part wrong with Reach plus the maps... If they just fixed the over powerfulness of grenades and melees and made good maps, the game would be sick.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Excited for the Combat Evolved remake, they couldn't go wrong with that UNLESS they actually mess with the formula. Not so excited for the next halo trilogy let alone any other Spin-offs during the downtime between games. Reach was an enormous disappointment I really had wished they took more time with that game

LoadedTuna
LoadedTuna

@kickbloacker i really don't know, if another studio is developing it, it might be even worse.

Chavis02
Chavis02

@dlCHEIF58 Wait was it Halo:ODST before and then Halo 2 after? O_o

Chavis02
Chavis02

@dlCHIEF58 I know I kinda of mistaken the timeline. You know that they can also buy Halo:CE in Game Marketplace right?

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@Dazler1 How does 3 games (Halo 3, ODST, and Reach) in 6 1/2 years qualify as being "done to death" this generation? I didn't count Halo Wars as it is a completely different genre than the core Halo games. And there has been absolutely no indication of a new console being released in 2012 other than Nintendo's new system. While they may be working on a new system, don't expect it to be released until either 2013 or 2014 as the current gen has plenty of life left in it.

Dazler1
Dazler1

xbox anounced halo 4 in dec 2012 so will that mean next gen xbox on release, why would they bring out another halo on this gen its been done to death and need a new console to sell it.......... watch that space at next e3 anouncement!!!!

Dazler1
Dazler1

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Dazler1
Dazler1

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dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@d4v1dbow13 and yet my timeline is still correct. Here it is below:

Halo Wars Reach Halo: CE Halo 2 Halo:ODST Halo 3

d4v1dbow13
d4v1dbow13

@dlCHIEF58 you should check your facts there there are still a few spartans on some planet not accounted for

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@Chavis02 check your timeline, as Halo Wars all happened prior to the Halo:CE and Reach. For one, you have multiple Spartan available and the last of them except for Master Chief were killed on Reach. Also Xbox gamers already know were the series started as it was the first Xbox games. What you meant was that 360 gamers that did not play original would have a chance to experience it.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@AuronAXE There is slim to no chance that there will be a link to future Halo games to the Marathon series for one simple reason - Bungie is not making it and they still own the rights, not Microsoft. The next Halo games are being made by 343 Industries.

xMarex
xMarex

It's made by 343 Industries, which includes members of Bungie.

thermalcold
thermalcold

..after watching this video, I am having flashbacks to Mass Effect 2!

Flint247
Flint247

I almost thought Halo Reach was Halo 4, but I forgot it was a prequel to Halo 1. xD But hooray for Halo 4! :D

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Halo 4. Here's to hoping they decide to finish up any loose ends in the story (hopefully even link it to their Marathon series) and not pull a giant threat out of nowhere so they can continue the series. HD Halo should hopefully be fun as well.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Philly1UPer MS sucks at the mo but originality isn't going to be on the Sony front either when we get a hold of a load of Uncharted 3 and a bunch of other exclusives. I'm hoping there E3 is more interesting though at least.

Darlisle
Darlisle

noooooooooooooo halo's 3 ending was awesome!! D: how they could do this? T_T I hope at least the game is better cause if it doesnt im going to cry T_T

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Halo 4 anda remake of a 10 year old game....how....Original!

xpapaburgundyx
xpapaburgundyx

call of duty is garbage in single player. the whole time its "JOHNSON PROTECT POORLY THOUGHT OUT PLOT POINT A UNTIL THE BAD GUYS STOP RESPAWNING, THEN RUN OVER HERE, DO THE SAME THING, THEN RUN OVER HERE SO I CAN SHOOT YOU REVEALING IM A BAD GUY"

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Someone's gotta be getting fired over that leak. Stole all the thunder from the show's exclamation point!

erix43
erix43

@Extreme124 What are you talking about? Can anyone say, LOSER? Don't hate, demonstrate I say. You demonstrate a LACK OF BRAINS.. GO PLAY COD, buh bye.. It's not for everyone, so go "try" to piss someone else off.

erix43
erix43

This game will be EPIC!! Also getting the Halo remastered, duh!!!! Haters, just shut up and quit studying us on these forums. If it sucked so bad, why are you here? Hahahaha...Losers.

kickblocker
kickblocker

@vassago_ thanks, i wasnt sure if 343 was making Halo 4 also. and i just realized i wrote 303 not 343

Speuj
Speuj

@IrishSmooth There ya go! That's getting your point across!! =) Forgive me if my immediate assumption of you was that you were just one of those retards plaguing the game industry with their "LULZ! Microsoft sukz, PS3 is teh bezt!" comments. And I agree with you too... very lame showing by M$ this year. I'm indeed a Halo fan, but I'm sick and tired of more of the same (GoW3, MW3, now Halo 4 (along with a remake)). They need something new... bad. They stroked their Kinect way too much too.

vassago_
vassago_

@kickblocker - 343 Industries is doing ALL new Halo content now.

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

halo 4.. i wonder what it might be like.. since there is no more war against the covenant.. and the flood are "dead".... what coudl thread de universe?. Im getting Haloce CE remastered version... i love that game.. specially when the flood show up.. the best campaing of halo yet..

Frosty192
Frosty192

@NoremaC-_- Halo is one of the few games I actually liked on 360 (gears is the obvious other one) Halo was good but kinda disappointing. I wouldn't mind buying my 360 back to get this.

kickblocker
kickblocker

@LoadedTuna 303 studios is making the Halo: CE remake. but no one knows who is making Halo 4, but it isnt Bungie. on another note: how are they going to continue? didnt the war end? wait...there was something about Forerunners in Halo 3 right and people believe the planet Master Chief floats to in the Legendary ending is a Forerunner planet...so that could be it

Shilleto
Shilleto

hella_epic i liked all halo games only started playing halo mp with halo 3 so have no idea what i missed but always play sp first

BiThBhE0
BiThBhE0

I'm more interested in the summer of arcade to be honest.

robayeit
robayeit

Halo 4 just my hair on the back of my neck stand up, only FPS i enjoy playing, looking 4ward to some covenant backside shotting soon, i am at the edge of wot i can take without killing some of them little runts

LoadedTuna
LoadedTuna

i thought bungie was in an exclusive deal with activision? can someone please explain all this!

Xx-BTK-xX
Xx-BTK-xX

Halo 4 F yes!!!! i can't wait

gaiden21
gaiden21

Halo 4 is gonna get my lady wet!!!! I love to watch my girl kill!!!!!!

salvucci91
salvucci91

first time i've truly been excited about a game in a while. halo: ce hd is gonna be epic, and regardless of how awesome halo 4's gameplay will be, it will be the conclusion we've all been waiting for!

Naedeslus
Naedeslus

I'll get the remake. Though the original was good. Not excellent but a good shooter with an interesting setting. The remake should be good.

Dazler1
Dazler1

 @dlCHIEF58

 I made a comment 11 months ago about halo 4 and the halo franchise being done to death, i still think the games industry for these big titles still do and need to put effort into new games as they did at the start when they came up with the idea of these well known games Which wowed and amazed us all when we played the origionals and i want that feeling back. I wasnt sure how halo 4 would turn out and wasnt that exicited about it back then, im still not sure about it now but from what ive seen so far from reviews and game trailers i have been tempted to revisit the series and am going to get a copy at some point. I dont know if its the same old thing with a few changes or not until i do play it. I must say though 343 have pushed this gen xbox to a higher par in terms of graphics with this game from what i have seen though which is to be commended. And the game will last a lot longer before the next one comes out unlike COD franchise which i wont be buying into this time.

 

When halo first came out it was new and exciting when COD came out it was also new and exciting, when mass effect came out it was new and exciting, when resident evil came out it was new and exicing, same goes with GTA, Crackdown, Red Dead, Batman, Dead space, Bio shock, Battlefield, Devil may cry, Ninja Gaiden and a lot more. But the one thing all these great games have in common is after the first one is succesfull and become a hit, they remake them over and over again to cash in and dont have anything fresh new and inovative like when they origionaly came out and gave me that expeirence i so love about gaming. 

 

I hate remakes now and would rather they put the profit they made from an instant classic into a new inovative intant classic and put the heart and sole into making a new game with the same devotion they did in the origionals they develop. Its the same with film franchises and the gaming industry is doing the same and the art of story telling is running thin because of it.