Gears of War: Exile and Halo HD premiering at E3?

Purported image of Xbox 360 World magazine teases two high-profile announcements for next week's geek gala.

Source: See below.

What we heard: The Electronic Entertainment Expo descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next week for its 2011 showing. While it has been confirmed that Nintendo will unveil its Wii successor at the show, few other high-profile announcements have been made known. However, according to a purported image of the cover of Xbox 360 World magazine on the Epic Games forums, Microsoft is going to announce Gears of War: Exile and one "Halo HD" at its media event.

Microsoft's two hottest properties are coming to E3, according to a reputed scan of Xbox 360 World's cover.

In January, Epic Games trademarked Gears of War: Exile, but neither its developer nor Microsoft has uttered a word about the project in the months that have passed. The title is rumored to be an on-rails shooter that uses the Kinect motion-sensing system, but no official word has been offered.

As for the Halo HD mention, an unconfirmed report in February suggests that Microsoft is planning a high-definition remake of Halo: Combat Evolved for this holiday season. In fact, the report states the game will debut on November 15, 2011, which is exactly 10 years after Halo: Combat Evolved shipped for the original Xbox.

The official story: "We do not comment on rumors or speculation."-- Microsoft spokesperson.

Bogus or not bogus?: Given its E3 track record, it's a near certainty that Microsoft will make some announcement concerning either the Gears of War or Halo franchise at its E3 2011 press event at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 6. With just over a week to go before the show, gamers will soon have the answers they seek.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Discussion

152 comments
Albaficas
Albaficas

didnt expect something else from 360 anyway.....always gaylos and gears nothing else microsoft never had creativity on consoles....nothing new here

Yoshinator94
Yoshinator94

What is with all these remakes lately? It's like, there is no more creativity anymore... I mean, don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to go back to Halo 1 for some memories, but, I would LOVE EVEN MORE for something fresh, new, but not too gimmiky...

Guiltyspartan11
Guiltyspartan11

its funny because not in one comment did i even say one thing about video games lol.

ctgamer565
ctgamer565

@Guiltyspartan11 Hey buddy, takes one to know one

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

As long as it's not just an upscaled Halo:CE then sure I'll buy it, but they better do even more awsome MP ideas like with Reach and so on. Halo Reach is on of my fav things about Xbox360, and as for Gears of War Exile where did it say that it was for Kinect? Maybe it's going to be a Arcade title that fills in the gaps between 2/3? Remember several developers did that and trippled sales while doing it.

Overlord93
Overlord93

I literally the other day joked about them realeasing a kinect gears of war. Please, don't do it. As for CE HD, i would love that

Fajonkel
Fajonkel

Hopefully, since the weapon ideas and story are already made, they have more time to make the graphics as crisp and shiny as possible. One of the best shooters ever in HD? Do want.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Halo HD would be amazing to do! Halo: CE has always been my favourite in the series and not only would we get better graphics and sound with the awesome SP but all those old classic maps (Bloodgulch anyone?) will make a comeback!!!

shooters125
shooters125

Nice to see Microsoft remaking the game that practically gave the Xbox a great start. Sorry Blinx but Halo is just the better icon. It would be really cool to play Halo: Reach's campaign and then switch to Halo HD's campaign right after.

shabulia
shabulia

I'll get Halo HD! I love the Halo series. Imagine taking the first Halo online for co-op or just multiplayer maps!! Very excited about that.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

If M$ is trying to bring "hardcore games" to Kinect, this won't quite cut it. It's not hardcore if it's on rails. This would be a perfect opportunity for them to deliver Kinect + controller gaming, with depth, but I doubt that will happen. As for HD Halo 1, yes please :D

Guiltyspartan11
Guiltyspartan11

@BILLNYE6983 How so when i said you were a nerd in my first comment towards you? Get it right kid.

kinstar2002
kinstar2002

If Halo HD has online play, I'll be glad to buy it. I wonder if they'll give out the same demo as they did for the xbox. "The S ilent Cartographer" lol. Now if Halo 2 HD came out with online play... thats no question. Instant buy :)

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

if halo HD doesnt have online then ill be pretty sad.. halo 1 on pc just isnt cutting it anymore with the crappy netcode

Jman00734
Jman00734

That would be awesome!!!!! I hope there will be online play....

dstv
dstv

Never got to play halo 1 or 2 so BRING IT!!!

NorwegianWinter
NorwegianWinter

@KimCheeWarriorX A 10 year old PC game is not going to look better than a modern 360 version. I game on both PC and console. Modern as in up-to-date textures and texture resolutions, character models, object detail and models, etc. The character models in Halo were great for the time, but they lag quite a bit behind modern standards, as does much of original Halo in general. I'm looking forward to Halo HD.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

HD Halo???? Microsoft please take my money, just take it already!!!!

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@stomponyahead I'm not sure what maverick hunter x is but there was a graphically overhauled perfect dark put on XBLA with online multiplayer.

luucifer78b
luucifer78b

remake Halo 2 in HD that was the best halo ever!

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@Guiltyspartan11 You are too stupid to realize you are also arguing about video games. As is everyone who posts comments on this site. DEEEERP. The 'your a nerd' defense is classic for people with nothing left to say.

Kendojin
Kendojin

As awesome as a Halo HD/ remake would be or a Gears sidestory I'd much rather see some more exclusives or some news on some already announced ones, like that Codename: Kingdoms game from last year. All they had was that teaser trailer of three guys holding weapons asking "Who can stand?" and the fact that Crytek was developing it.

Zen
Zen

Halo, Bring it!!

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

bah, not really interested in either. dont get me wrong, the kinect is a pretty neat piece of hardware but im just not interested in it considering i dont have room in my apartment to use it, heh. some of you that might know me here know that im not particularly fond of the halo franchise. plus ive played the pc version of halo which will probably be on par if not better looking than halo hd anyways. i suppose it might be good for halo fans that dont particularly game on a pc. im waiting for some super big announcement thats gonna make em stand out. so far sony with their ngp and nintendo with their wii successor seem to be the only companies with news worthy announcements. not that id buy either of those but new hardware always seems to get more attention than new games. cmon ms, surprise us at e3 and come out with something totally unexpected.

Charocks
Charocks

Gears 3.5 and Halo HD? NICE!

Henninger
Henninger

I have no interest in Halo HD but this is a good move 4 Microsoft. I do however have interest in the Gears game. Im lookin 4ward 2 E3.

Guiltyspartan11
Guiltyspartan11

@BILLNYE6983 My point exactly your arguing with me about video games is it that what makes you a nerd. Your not smart just because you know more about video games. Sorry kid i don't get mad over the internet unlike you which is obviously displayed in your comments.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@BILLNYE6983 You just owned that guy. Nice job! @stomponyahead Wait... All of the Halo's after Halo 1 are better? NO WAY!!!!! ALERT DA FRE@KING MEDIA!

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@Guiltyspartan11 Is this a joke. This is a comment section on a site devoted to video games. What the hell else would people argue about? Calling someone a nerd because you aren't smart enough to understand something extremely simple? If it is so nerdy why even argue with me in the first place. Especially when you don't know what you are talking about. TL:DR U MAD BRO.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

@nhh3smith But Microsoft owns the rights to Halo so they can put out a Halo HD.

deathstream
deathstream

@Phil-teh-Pirate I disagree. An HD remake of Halo: CE released on its tenth anniversary is a great way for MS to start its post-Bungie Halo plans. I don't think anybody wants Halo to turn a CoD milkfest with releases every year and Reach is less than a year old. This is something for the fans to let them know that Halo is alive and well at MS while the new team is cooking up the follow-up to Reach.

deathstream
deathstream

@AgentRebecca Gears of War 3 is coming in September. No one is hurting Gears. A Kinect Gears title could be cool if it was done well. It wouldn't hurt your enjoyment of Gears 3 in any way. It is a different experience on a different platform. Does a crappy novel by a fourth rate sci-fi writer based on your favorite game franchise make you like the series less? No, you just don't read it. Same here. For a year now, we have been hearing "Where are the hard core Kinect games?" Is there a better place for MS to start than with Gears of War?

Collideoscope
Collideoscope

Microsoft is commemorating 10 years of Xbox by remaking the game that put their console on the map? Halo HD better arrive value-priced. I still have my original Xbox out and am content with playing Halo SD if the price is too high.

Guiltyspartan11
Guiltyspartan11

@BILLNYE6983 are you that desperate to argue with people about video games? i mean you sound like the biggest nerd i have ever seen in my life.

nickery123
nickery123

woah super excited for this e3 now

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@stomponyahead Halo CE is and always will be the best halo (well some may say halo2 for the online multiplayer), it was amazing to say the least.

stomponyahead
stomponyahead

Halo:CE HD? pffft, overated game.All the rest of the halo's were better than that.I rather play PERFECT DARK. Now, if they remake the game and story like how they did Maverick Hunter X, i might reconsider.As far as gears of war exile, I think it could be a success. I think the story will revolve around the beginning of emergence day and the fall of landown, intresting.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I am crossing my fingers that the Gears related rumour will be true!

Barighm
Barighm

The Halo remake is old news. It's mostly just a graphical upgrade; however, online multiplayer is being implemented into this one.

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

I hope the halo HD is more of a "remake" than a simple resolution fix. The enemies and environments from the levels from the first halo in halo reach's engine would be epic The flood especially if they use the same engine of halo 3's flood.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

awesome, i loved Halo CE, one of my all time favorite games...i just hope they do it right.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Sorry, but there had better be more to the MS event than yet another Halo game, and an on-rails Gears. What about X-Com and Project:Kingdoms for example?? I wanna see MS do to Halo what Chris Nolan did with Batman e.g. a total overhaul which resulted in a darker and moodier setting making the whole story much more gripping. I'd love to see a complete visual overhaul and hope its not simply a Definition upgrade. @nhh3smith, Although Bungie have indeed left Halo behind them, MS have appointed all future Halo related development to their in-house team '343 Industries'.

nhh3smith
nhh3smith

The halo one cant be true because bungie has already said that it would not appear at E3

Halox06
Halox06

I hope both rumors are true

daub11
daub11

i have played all of the halo games but none of them can compare to halo reach, not even the very first one which i thought was pretty good but the suits in the halo games keep on getting better and cooler as the game continues on and on.

dahui58
dahui58

@mariokart64fan - Someone named after Mario Kart dares to comment on a company rereleasing old games and series?

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

Halo HD got me curious. I still have Halo 1 on Xbox. Let's see if they re-did whole game graphics, or only raised resolution.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

do we really need another gears of war and another halo is this the beginnin of microsoft doing what ive been fearing --- halo gears halo gears , boring and kenict what ,now how they expect that to work we cant turn our heads from the tv on rails ? ya my point exactly not buying a remake -i already paid 50 for a pc remake and 12 for it on xbla ,,that said i will not buy another halo , and gears dont even have the third yet and they hAVE this com on where is pd2 or somthing else