Halo fans, get excited. Joystiq is reporting that a remake of the original Halo: Combat Evolved is very much in the works with an expected release window of “Holiday 2011.” That’s like, totally this year.
Apparently, this Halo: Combat Evolved remake will not be a simple HD overhaul for the now ten-year-old title. The Halo remake will instead be completely redone with completely new art assets to make it more than just an HD version of Halo 1. Controls will also be restructured to allow configurations standard to current Halo titles like Reach.
Supposedly, this remake is being developed by Saber Interactive, the company behind TimeShift and the upcoming Inversion. However, as Joystiq reports, the engine powering the remake is still undetermined. But odds are it isn’t what runs Halo: Reach.
The remake of Halo: Combat Evolved is being developed under the supervision of 343 Industries, the new keymasters to the Halo-verse now that Bungie has said goodbye. This new version of Halo 1 will support 1080p and 3D televisions. There is also a rumor circling that the game will support online co-op (the original game only supported two player split-screen co-op).
The original Halo: Combat Evolved released for Xbox on November 15, 2001. It would be a pretty good assumption to think this remake will launch on that exact same day this year. A perfect tribute to the franchise that shaped the landscape of console first-person shooters ten years ago.