“Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary”

Title:   “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary”

Publisher:   Microsoft Studios

Developer:   343 Industries/Saber Interactive Inc./Certain Affinity Inc.

Format:   DVD for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system; Xbox LIVE-enabled

ESRB Rating:   Pending

Price:   $39.99 (U.S.) ERP

Availability:      Nov. 15, 2011 (worldwide)

Product Overview:   

“Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” is a spectacularly remastered version of the original“Halo” campaign, created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history. With a bounty of new features including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, a bundle of some of the most beloved multiplayer maps in“Halo” history reimagined for Xbox LIVE, new challenges and a new story to uncover,“Halo: Anniversary” is a must-have experience, coming exclusively to Xbox 360 on Nov. 15, 2011.

   Developed by 343 Industries in collaboration with Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity,“Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” immerses you in the landmark campaign and genre-defining multiplayer game that helped revolutionize the first-person shooter genre and sparked one of the most iconic science-fiction universes of all time.

Features:

Top features include the following:

    <*>Stunningly remastered campaign. Relive the award-winning adventure that defined“Halo: Combat Evolved” as one of the best games of the decade with breathtaking next-gen graphics and audio remastered for the Xbox 360. Engage in epic-scale battles against the backdrop of the eponymous“Halo” ringworld, and relive nostalgic memories with the ability to toggle Classic mode to play the original version. <*>Online campaign co-op. For the first time, experience the story that started it all with a friend on Xbox LIVE and launch a cooperative assault against the Covenant, whether you live across the street or halfway around the world. <*Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for online multiplayer.> <*>Classic“Halo” multiplayer maps reimagined. Wage battle on six detailed remakes of some of the most beloved“Halo” multiplayer maps of all time, and bring the fight to the Covenant on a stunning and resonant new Firefight map.1 Remastered in the“Halo: Reach” engine and inspired by maps from“Halo: Combat Evolved” and“Halo 2,” these iconic battlefields reignite the heart-pounding multiplayer action of the original favorites and let you relive epic confrontations like you’ve never experienced them.
Developed in collaboration with Certain Affinity, the new multiplayer maps are included on the“Halo: Anniversary” game disc, which means players will not need to own the original“Halo: Reach” game to play. The first of the new remakes to be revealed at E3 Expo 2011 will be the fan-favorite map Damnation.

New challenges and enhanced story. Unlock up to 1,000 Achievement points as you clash with online opponents and battle through the campaign, and uncover never-before-revealed backstories told in motion-graphic form that foreshadow new mysteries in the story of“Halo 4.”

More information on“Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” will be revealed at Halo Fest, which coincides with PAX Prime 2011 Aug. 26 through 28 in Seattle, Wash.

About“Halo”

The“Halo” franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original“Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has since inspired multiple New York Times bestselling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.

Published by Microsoft Studios, the“Halo” franchise of games is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. To date, more than 40 million copies of“Halo” games have been sold worldwide, driving more than 3.3 billion hours of gameplay by people connected to Xbox LIVE.

1  Xbox LIVE Gold Membership required for online multiplayer gameplay.

For more information, press only:

Joe DiMiero, Edelman, (415) 486-3285, joe.dimiero@edelman.com

Ken Zhang, Edelman, (206) 505-6565, ken.zhang@edelman.com 


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