There may be people out there milking franchises and whatnot, but Microsoft do not count themselves among them, no sir. In a recent interview, Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer flat out denied that the upcoming Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition might be anything other than an homage to the FPS that put the Xbox on the map.
“People shouldn’t look at Anniversary as part of an annualised franchise,” according to Spencer. “I love the fact we’re doing the Anniversary edition because I loved Halo 1. We just looked at it and thought it needed to be refreshed. It wasn’t part of us trying to get into an annualised rhythm with the franchise.” That was just before confirming that a similar Halo 2 remake might not be completely out of the realm of possibility.
“We had discussions about ‘will people look at this as us milking it’, but we figured with Achievements, Xbox Live, and ‘up-res-ing’ the game it was a project out of passion not a project out of business,” he went on. We think you’ll agree nothing says passion like ‘up-res-ing’.
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