Microsoft has responded to European chatter surrounding a Halo: Combat Evolved high-definition remake by saying, "Right now our focus is on supporting Halo: Reach. We have nothing to announce at this time." Putting that through the Joystiq PR Translation Machine pops out one thing: "42." Clearly, we need to call maintenance.

Eurogamer published the quote from Microsoft after Games Master magazine implied that a Halo remake was underway at 343 Industries (the current Halo custodian), using the Reach engine. Allegedly, the HD Halo would drop next November, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the original Xbox shooter.

[Source: Joystiq]

{posted by Will}

Images have surfaced online from a mystery forum-goer identifying him or herself as "Not Tom Morello" (a reference to the source of leaked Halo: Reach screens earlier this year). The source claims the new shots are from Bungie's next game, which she or he is calling a "semi-modern war game" that "plays like a cross between Halo, Call of Duty, and Rainbow Six." So are the images legit?

Not so, according to the developer. Bungie employee Luke Smith posted on a NeoGAF thread about the images. His response: "Worst fake ever."

If you're interested in seeing the full set of images despite their apparent lack of credibility, you can check out this thread on IGN's forums, where they seem to have originated.

Despite the fact that Bungie recently began looking for testers for their next project, we're probably going to have to be patient before we hear much about it. In the mean time, can't we all just play some more Reach instead of dreaming up fake info?

{Source: GameInformer

My Thoughts: Sounds like a pretty interesting gam they're making!

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Barely two years after its release, Microsoft is pulling the plug on Halo Wars on Dec. 15, axing leaderboards and stat-tracking as well as the forums. Fans of the real-time strategy game are not pleased. The community was informed of this on Tuesday. They were told they'd be "transitioning ... to Halo Waypoint's forums," which is a nice way of saying goodbye to the halowars.com website and to the community, because they won't be in any officially dedicated area over on Waypoint.

More importantly, "the forums will disappear and so will online stat-tracking," the mod writes, a full 300 words into the announcement. Talk about burying the lede. "I know this will be rough on a lot of you," he says.

{Source: Kotaku}

My Thoughts: *cough* MONEY GREEDY NOOBS *cough*

The studio that gave birth to Halo is now looking for beta testers for its next big universe with Activision.

“Service requires only a Bungie.net account and a valid email address. In exchange, we’re offering you the unique opportunity to help us continue making improvements to our playlists, features, and online community…and the potential to help us shape our glorious future,” read a post on the Bungie website.

“Not all who enlist will be selected. But hundreds of thousands of gamers will likely be needed before all is said and done. March with us, and together, we will bask in the glory of World Domination.”

If selected as a Bungie tester, expect to be doing these:

  • Playtests and Usability Testing at Bungie
  • Surveys on game playing habits
  • Alpha and Beta Testing for our next game
Activision announced back in April it had entered into a ten-year publishing deal with Bungie with its new IP, with the developer maintain all rights to it.

In an interview with IGN at E3 this year, Acti COO Thom Tippl said it may finally reveal the game at the event next June.

Activision studio head Dave Stohl told VG247 at E3 that, whenever and wherever it may be, its reveal will be “incredible”.

A recent slide from an investors presentation from Activision showed the game is set to appears on consoles, online and PC, the first time a Bungie game would appear on the platform since the Rockstar-published Oni.

{Source: VG247]