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This page is about the 2011 remastered game. For the original game, see Halo: Combat Evolved.
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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Developer(s)

Publisher

US date released

November 15, 2011

EU date released

November 15, 2011

Genre

First-person shooter

Game modes

Campaign, Cooperative Play, Multiplayer, Forge, Theater.

ESRB rating

Mature (M) for Blood and Gore, and Violence [1]

Platform(s)

Xbox 360

Designer(s)

Paul Bertone
Tyson Green
Jaime Griesemer
Dan Orzulak
Some contribution by 343 Industries

Writer(s)

Joseph Staten

Composer(s)

Skywalker Orchestra[Notes 1]

Media

DL-DVD

Website

XBOX Marketplace: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (also referred to as Halo: Anniversary , Halo: CE Anniversary or Halo: CEA) is a sci-fi first-person shooter video game set in the Halo Universe and is a graphical enhancement of 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved, featuring extra content, HD visual rendering, replaced HD audio and re-styled sound tracks. Halo: CEA was announced at Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference along with Halo 4. It received its "gold status" [Notes 2] on 10/19/11.[2]

343 Industries, in collaboration with Saber Interactive, released Halo: CEA on November 15, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the original title's launch. The game features 7 multiplayer maps from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo PC, and Halo 2 remade as DLC for Halo: Reach. The game also features support for Xbox Live multiplayer matchmaking, achievements, terminals, more easter eggs, and the ability to play Co-Op campaign over Xbox Live.[3] The game utilizes 3D technology and the Kinect Sensor.[4] The campaign runs on the Saber3d engine, whereas multiplayer is powered by a slightly modified Halo: Reach engine.[5]

CampaignEdit

Main article: Battle of Installation 04

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary's campaign maintains the same story as Halo: Combat Evolved, with the addition of Xbox 360 achievements, in game terminals, skulls, and online Co-op. It also has a new feature: when the player presses the back button on the Xbox 360 controller, the game will switch from the updated graphics engine to the original, and vice-versa. For the story, see Halo: Combat Evolved. Anniversary also has subtitles available for in-game and combat dialogue.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary's levels consist of all the levels featured in Halo: Combat Evolved.

10 levels in total:

  1. The Pillar of Autumn - "Escape intact as Covenant forces board your ship."
  2. Halo - "Seek out surviving Marines and help them fight the Covenant."
  3. The Truth and Reconciliation - "Board a Covenant ship in an attempt to rescue Captain Keyes."
  4. The Silent Cartographer - "Search for the map room that will lead you to the secrets of Halo."
  5. Assault on the Control Room - "Defend the Control Room against wave after wave of Covenant troops."
  6. 343 Guilty Spark - "Creep through a swamp to meet the only enemy the Covenant fear."
  7. The Library - "Fight your way through an ancient security facility in search of the Index."
  8. Two Betrayals - "Re-activate the weapon at the heart of Halo... and learn the truth."
  9. Keyes - "Stage a one-cyborg assault on a Covenant ship and bring back the Captain."
  10. The Maw - "Destroy Halo before Halo destroys all life in the galaxy."

Accompanying each level is a Terminal video, narrated by 343 Guilty Spark, depicting events that have, or are occurring on Halo. Some details in the terminal videos are said to be clues for Halo 4.

Kinect SupportEdit

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is the first Halo game to feature Kinect integration. With Kinect, players can use voice commands to throw grenades, reload, and analyze both animate and inanimate objects, then store the info on a database, called the Library. Kinect is not included on the disc, it is an automatic update on November 15. Additional features like the Library and Analyze Mode are inaccessible without Kinect.

MultiplayerEdit

Main article: Anniversary map pack

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary supports cooperative campaign and competitive multiplayer modes. The campaign mode uses a remastered version of the original Halo: Combat Evolved engine. The original multiplayer maps do not return for the remake, and have been replaced with the Anniversary Map Pack, which uses the Halo: Reach engine. The multiplayer beta was released on October 4, 2011.[6]

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BTS Halo CEA Multiplayer


Multiplayer MapsEdit

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Halo CEA maps animation

Seven maps were updated and re-released utilizing the Halo: Reach engine. Six of these maps are competitive multiplayer maps that are remakes of maps from Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. The maps include 2 variants, one classic variant (which take the name of the map of which it was based on), and a second variant which is enhanced to utilize Reach's new sandbox and features. For example, Battle Canyon (the second variant of Beaver Creek) includes additional indoor sections behind the bases, while Beaver Creek has these sections blocked to retain the classic layout. In Damnation, the gaps between the bridge down by the waterfall is lacking, but in Penance, they are connected. These gaps are also forge-able.

Multiplayer maps in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary include:

The new maps don't just utilize the Halo: Reach engine, but were actually merged with the Halo: Reach server (similar to Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST). The Anniversary Map Pack was released on Xbox Live Marketplace as DLC to download on to Halo: Reach for those who do not own Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

FirefightEdit

Main article: Installation 04
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The new Firefight map: Installation 04

This map is set at the cliff-side beam emitter encounter in one of the last three encounters of Halo: Combat Evolved's second level Halo. The map is vehicle-based, and unlike previous Firefight maps, it contains friendly ODSTs that help out the players in their fight against the Covenant. The Flood do not make their appearance in Firefight.

Multiplayer playlistsEdit

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary matchmaking contains 4 different playlists; each has their own purpose. However, in August 2012, All of the anniversary playlists except Anniversary Classic and Anniversary Firefight were discontinued.

  • Anniversary BTB
  • Anniversary FFA
  • Anniversary Firefight
  • Anniversary Classic
  • Anniversary Squad

TerminalsEdit

Terminals are a new feature added to the game by 343 Industries. There are 10 terminals scattered across all the missions of the game, in which one terminal is present per level. Because the original game did not feature them, terminals can only be seen with the HD graphics on.

These terminals reveal to the player more details regarding Installation 04, certain individuals, and Halo 4.

DevelopmentEdit

343 Industries was utilizing the original Halo: Combat Evolved engine and Saber3d engine in campaign and the Halo: Reach engine in multiplayer to make the original Halo: Combat Evolved look and feel like a game created in 2011. They kept some of the audio and replaced other parts entirely with faithful "re-orchestrations" of the original recordings.

EngineEdit

The campaign runs on the original engine, whereas multiplayer is powered by the Halo: Reach, engine which was worked on by Certain Affinity.[5] 343 Industries graphically revamped the entire game and the level design in the campaign is more enhanced. This means that everything is more detailed and includes more assets to fill in the blank space that Halo: CE left behind. In addition, in 343's ViDoc on Halo: Anniversary, they confirmed that the player has the option to switch between old graphics and revamped graphics with the push of a button. That mode is called Classic Mode. However, the developers are not sacrificing the original feel of the gameplay. Halo: Anniversary is simply adding an additional layer of graphics on top of the original game ones, hence being able to switch between the old and revamped graphics, and thus keeping the original gameplay and physics of the game intact.

AudioEdit

Halo: CE Anniversary retains some of the original audio from Halo: Combat Evolved, though it was remastered to sound clearer, allowing it to work seamlessly in 5.1 surround sound. Pyramind Studios were in charge of remastering, re-orchestrating and re-recording Martin O'Donnell's soundtrack, and Skywalker Orchestra recorded the orchestral pieces from the soundtrack at Skywalker Ranch. Halo: Anniversary features both the original and remastered soundtracks, giving players the choice of which soundtrack they wish to hear during the campaign. This will have to be selected from the main menu and cannot be changed during gameplay in the same way as classic graphics mode can. Click here to hear a shortened version of the Halo Theme from the Halo: Anniversary Trailer.

SoundtrackEdit

Main article: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Original Soundtrack

The Halo: Anniversary soundtrack includes 39 tracks on 2 discs. Many of the song titles are derived from the song titles of the Combat Evolved soundtrack.

AchievementsEdit

Main article: List of Achievements for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
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Achievements in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Source
Campaign Completion Pillar of AutumnHaloTruth and ReconciliationThe Silent CartographerAssault on the Control Room343 Guilty SparkThe LibraryTwo BetrayalsKeyesThe MawBirth of a SpartanBelieve in a HeroLiving LegendStandard Operating BrocedureBrovershieldBro HammerHe’s Unstoppable!
Level-Specific Overshields are for SissiesWalk it OffNo-Fly ZoneHow PedestrianAll According to Plan…Close Quarters CombatBeachheadGrenadierWraith HunterI’ll Be Taking That!This One’s for Jenkins!Breaking QuarantineThat Just HappenedSpeed ReaderLook Out for the Little GuysLeave It Where It LayTying Up Loose EndsPopcorn.gifThis Side Up‎Never Tell Me the Odds
New Feature Completion What Have We Here?Heavy ReadingDear Diary…Looks like the OddballSkulls Taken!HeadhunterTsantsa


Marketing promotionsEdit

TrailersEdit

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary E3 2011 Tribute trailerEdit

The Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary trailer was announced at E3 2011, allowing the audience to stare in awe. Later, it was followed up with the teaser trailer for Halo 4.

Halo Anniversary ExclusiveEdit

A 343 Industries Video Documentary was released shortly after the unveiling of the Halo 4 Teaser, which contained some extra footage and additional information on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

Halo: Anniversary Exclusive Pre-Order Grunt Funeral SkullEdit

This video showed viewers new footage of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, and a new skull called the Grunt Funeral Skull, which makes Unggoy explode like a plasma grenade three seconds after death. This skull is available when the game is pre-ordered.[citation needed]

Halo: Anniversary Exclusive Pre-Order Master Chief Avatar ArmorEdit

If pre-ordered, you will receive a redeemable code to get the exclusive Master Chief avatar armor. The style of the armor is his original Mark V MJOLNIR armor as opposed to his current Mark VI MJOLNIR armor, there are two codes, one for a female avatar and one for a male avatar. They are both included on the code card.

Halo: Anniversary Exclusive Pre-Order Concept Art BookletEdit

In the United Kingdom when pre-ordered from GAME or Gamestation, you will receive a booklet called "Halo: The Art Of Building Worlds" that contains 'ground breaking' concept art 'sweeping landscapes from the "Halo" universe' and shows 'evolution of John-117'.

TriviaEdit

  • 343i originally attempted to re-use Halo Reach's Mark V(B)'s Mark V configuration model to depict Master Chief rather than create a new model of the original Mark V MJOLNIR armor. This plan was eventually dropped, as it was unanimously decided that the model "just didn't look like Master Chief," and a new model of the Mark V armor was created.[citation needed]
  • In the settings, the player has the option of using either the classic music or the re-mastered music. However, the game's redone sound effects cannot be replaced by the original game's sound effects.
  • Despite the fact that Pillar of Autumn's crew are Marines, they wear UNSC Army Battle Dress Uniforms.
    • All of the marines have Sergeant's chevrons on their chest, regardless of in-game rank.
  • The Multiplayer portion of the game has Forge mode.
  • In pre-release CEA videos and images, the MA37 Assault Rifle and M6G Pistol from Halo: Reach were used as placeholders.
  • 343 Industries "revisited" the game’s cut scenes to improve the animation of characters and camera angles. Unfortunately, the transitions between cutscenes and gameplay are broken up by a noticeable loading stutter, unlike the smooth transitions of the original game.[citation needed]
  • During the last Legendary cutscene, the remastered version features a Sangheili Zealot instead of a Stealth Sangheili, and Johnson touches the Sangheili's rear instead of the other way around.
  • The new graphics were simply relayered over the originals, and the hitboxes did not change. The new graphics do not match the original graphical layouts 100%, which means that it is possible to shoot and throw grenades through the expanded corners in the walls of the Truth and Reconciliation, but enemies will be able to see you before you see them. Conversely, the rock corner before the first pair of hunters in The Silent Cartographer shrinks and you can spy on the Hunters before they see you.
  • If you go over a Sniper Rifle in original graphics, the weapon swap prompt incorrectly displays the Halo 3 Sniper Rifle instead of the correct one.
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo: Reach are both featured in the Halo Origins Bundle.
  • Some minor changes were made to the HUD, for example the addition of a small incline splitting the top line in the shield meter into two. These changes do not revert when switching to classic mode.

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Some of the original audio by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori was retained.
  2. Gold status is the last phase of game development in which the game is finished. For more information, see here

SourcesEdit


Halo Games
Halo trilogyHalo: Combat Evolved (Anniversary)Halo 2 (Anniversary)Halo 3
Reclaimer SagaHalo 4Halo: Spartan AssaultHalo: Spartan Strike
Upcoming gamesHalo 5: GuardiansHalo 6
Other gamesHalo WarsHalo 3: ODSTHalo: Reach
Multiplayer expansionsHalo Custom EditionHalo 2 Multiplayer Map PackHalo 3: Mythic
PortsHalo PCHalo 2 Vista
CollectionsHalo: The Master Chief Collection
BundlesHalo Triple PackHalo Origins Bundle
Cancelled titlesHalo: ChroniclesHalo MMOHalo DS

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