Rumor Mill Says an HD Remake of Halo and Halo 4 are Coming
The UK’s biggest gaming rag, GamesMaster, is reporting that “industry chatter” says folks at 343 Industries are working on an updated version of Halo: Combat Evolved intended to run on the Halo: Reach engine. They also say another Halo game — Halo 4, in fact — would arrive in 2012. Eurogamer, nosy bastards that they are, decided to ask Microsoft about this ridiculous remake thing. The response: “Right now our focus is on supporting Halo: Reach. We have nothing to announce at this time.”
So it’s happening.
That whole Halo 4 thing makes perfect sense; Master Chief was last seen floating aimlessly through space in the Forward Unto Dawn toward some planet, and there are all sorts of Ratchet and Clank-style adventures he could get into there. Also, there’s lots of money to be had there.
And there must be some money to be had from an overhaul of the original Halo, but I can’t for the life of me understand why. Unless they completely redesign the whole game, an HD update would be even more insufferable than it was the first time around. Really, have you played Halo recently? Bungie’s level design philosophy was straight out of 1993 and would certainly not be acceptable today. It’s just fight down a hallway, go through that door, fight down a copied-and-pasted version of the previous hallway, turn the corner, fight through the same hallway again and on and on and on. It’s a game that feels much older than it really is because of its incredibly lazy design, and I think an updated version without wholesale alterations would be even lazier.
I do enjoy the story and the gameplay of Halo, though, and the design, in the sequels, has drastically improved over the years. So I encourage a remake if it’s actually a remake and not just a straight conversion. Don’t be lazy, 343. Do it right. Halo’s design dragged it down, and you have the power to make things right.