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Halo: Combat Evolved Remake Slated For Holiday Release?

Update: Microsoft declined to comment on "rumors or speculation" and as such the remake remains unverified at this time.

Joystiq is reporting a bit of news sure to please early Halo adopters – a rumored remake of Halo: Combat Evolved may be heading to the Xbox 360 for a holiday release.

An undisclosed source allegedly confirmed to the outlet that the project is under way, and detailed that the game won’t simply be optimized at a higher resolution. Rather, a full visual revamp is in order, remade with entirely new art assets. Joystiq also reports that audio will remain unaltered, but that controls will be modified to allow updated schemes.

In development by Saber Interactive, the engine behind the project is unknown, but is expected to be something other than the Reach engine. Full 1080p resolution and 3D television support is rumored, as is online co-op.

Joystiq reports that the Halo: Combat Evolved remake will launch on November 15, 2011, marking the 10-year anniversary of the franchise’s debut on the original Xbox.

Not only does the release date act as a perfect tribute to the franchise first, a remake would allow fans of Combat Evolved to revisit maps no longer available due to the conclusion of Xbox online multiplayer support.

We’ve contacted Microsoft to speak to the validity of the rumor.

[via Joystiq]

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