Is Microsoft taking the Halo series back to its roots with Halo 4? It sure is if recent comments from Microsoft UK's Xbox entertainment director Stephen McGill are anything to go by.
"One of the key things with Halo 4 is going back to what made it amazing for people playing the first Halo," McGill told MCV recently, giving one of the few hints as to the nature of the new game since its E3 revelation.
Halo 4, along with the re-release of the first Halo game in the form of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, will serve as a perfect introduction to the series for players who were too young to have experienced the impact of the original, said McGill.
"The people who are 18 years old now were only eight when Halo appeared. They probably didn't play it. That's the opportunity the Anniversary pack and then Halo 4 have," he said.
Earlier in the interview, McGill said, "The tenth anniversary is huge and is a product of great passion. It's important we celebrate this - the game itself was a huge milestone for us and kickstarted the platform in a lot of ways.
"But the platform has evolved dramatically in that time, so it's worth going back to show how it still stands up as a product made today."
Microsoft's release of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary in November won't kick off a spate of HD remakes from the platform holder, it has said.