Microsoft has officially announced Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the long rumoured HD remake of original Xbox title Halo: Combat Evolved (pictured).
Set for release on November 15 to mark the franchise's tenth anniversary, it's described as "the epic game that launched a universe, remastered for a new generation" and is being developed by Saber Interactive (with support from Certain Affinity).
"A fully remastered campaign", "co-op over Xbox Live" and classic multiplayer maps "enhanced and updated for Xbox Live" were promised via a trailer at Microsoft's E3 press conference.
The game was leaked earlier today on Xbox.com, before its listing was pulled.
Here are the official facts (in Microsoft's words):
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 witha 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.
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 2011will 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."