Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary
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Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary remaster has been launched for PC

Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary

Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary remaster has been launched for PC as part of The Master Chief Collection. It includes the original Halo campaign and allows players to switch between the enhanced version and the classic game graphics. It is available with Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta), Steam, and Windows 10 PCs. The remastered game will run at 60fps or higher, depending on your configuration, and includes support for 4K UHD resolution. If you do not own The Master Chief Collection, this edition can be purchased at Rs. 674 in India and at $9.99 (roughly Rs. 730) in the US via Microsoft Store.

Halo Combat Evolved

This edition of Halo comes with several PC centric customisations and features, according to an official blog post by Xbox. Options like variable frame rate, native support for mouse and keyboard, button remapping, and ultra-wide monitor support have also been added in the remaster. And being a remaster, the texture and shadow quality have been significantly improved.

Halo Waypoint, which is the official website for the Halo universe, also shared that 343 Industries has partnered with Saber Interactive to bring Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary remaster to life. They shared a list of features that are present in the release including a new Spartan customisation 3D model viewer, the ability to toggle between this edition and Halo Combat Evolved Classic audio for multiplayer. They have also detailed a list of improvements and fixes to The Master Chief Collection that include Push-to-talk voice chat, updated zoom controls, and updated crouch/movement mechanic for keyboard + mouse users, along with other changes.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a 2011 first-person shooter game set in the Halo universe and is an enhanced remake of Halo: Combat EvolvedMicrosoft announced the game alongside Halo 4 at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The game was released in November 2011—the 10th anniversary of the original title’s launch—for the Xbox 360 game console, and re-released as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One in November 2014. A PC version was announced in March 2019 and was released in March 2020.[1]

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was developed as a partnership between development studios 343 IndustriesSaber Interactive, and Certain Affinity. 343 Industries, the Halo series’ franchise overseers, approached Saber Interactive to develop a remake of the original Halo in time for its tenth anniversary. After considering whether to remake the game entirely or to adapt and add features to the existing PC version, Saber decided to use its game engine for reproducing the original’s appearance and the original Halo‘s engine for gameplay. A development tool for toggling between the old and new visuals became a game feature. Anniversary‘s enhancements include a complete high-definition visual overhaul, support for cooperative and multiplayer gameplay via the Xbox Live online service, new and remastered sound effects and music, and extras such as achievements and hidden in-game collectibles. The game is the first in the series to include Kinect support.

Critical reception to Anniversary was generally positive. The updated graphics, sounds, and ability to toggle between the remastered and original visuals were praised. Complaints included technical glitches, faults with the original game’s level design, and the multiplayer mode’s implementation.

Halo Combat Evolved

This edition will have improved graphics.

The Master Chief Collection, as the name suggests, is a collection of Halo games that up until now, only had Halo: Reach. Now, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary will be added to it and according to the Xbox team, all Halo games up till Halo 4 will be added to the collection. So, if you own The Master Chief Collection, you do not need to purchase the remastered Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary.

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