Sunday, September 4, 2011

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary maps and terminals confirmed

When the first trailer hit for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, it was announced that seven classic maps would be included, updated for the Halo: Reach multiplayer servers. While Beaver Creek and Damnation were previously highlighted, the others have now been confirmed as Prisoner, Hang 'em High, Timber Land (formerly a Halo PC exclusive), and Headlong (from Halo 2). Also included is a new firefight map, known as Installation 04. All of these maps will be playable on the Reach servers, as it seems 343 Industries wants to focus on maintaining the fanbase there instead of dividing it between two games. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will, however, feature a new gaming engine for the campaign mode, which is a sort of combination of the original Halo's play style and current-gen graphics.

Also making a comeback from Halo 3 are the Forerunner terminals. However, instead of providing insight on the Forerunners and their attempts to combat the Flood, 343 Industries has stated the terminals in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will bridge some of the gaps to Halo 4 and its subsequent sequels. 343 has also stated that Halo 4 marks the start of what will be known as 'the Reclaimer trilogy' which would seem to imply that those three titles will delve much deeper into the history of the Forerunners. Currently, two of the terminal videos have been revealed, both of which were narrated by 343 Guilty Spark, the monitor of Alpha Halo. Whether this is the case for all of the terminals in the game remains to be seen.

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