This might be very old news for some of you fellow geeks, but I just found out about it this afternoon.
Microsoft and 343 industries (company named after 343 guilty spark from original Halo game and set up by Microsoft to oversee the Halo franchise after splitting with Bungie; many of the folks who worked on Halo while with Bungie moved over to 343) will be releasing a graphics revamping of the original Halo 1 game. Apparently this was released last month in June during the E3 convention...I've been so busy that I had lost track of this.
To me, this is fantastic news. The 1st Halo was the best game for me; the gameplay, story, and newness and freshness of the concepts was awesome. I've always wanted to replay the Halo campaign again....but have become too much of a graphics snob to put up with the old game. With this refreshing, I will definitely be reminisiing and playing it again! The original 7 multiplayer maps (back then, multiplayer was not over XBox LIve, as that didn't exist back then) will be part of the package but will use the Halo 3 engine...so it will be similiar to the Halo Reach multiplayer feel...just on the original revamped maps.
343 Industries apparently is not saying...but Halo 2 might also get a graphics revamping as well in 2014 (10 years after the original) which is great. I always liked Halo 2 multiplayer the best.
As for Gears of War 3, I can't believe it, but there is already spoilers out there on YouTube for the campaign AND multiplayer. I unfortunately got drawn into these knowing that spoilers were in there.. and I have to say, the campaign looks great. The developing story looks great too! I won't watch anymore spoilers, but the 1st few scenes from act 1 look great.
I HAD to take a look at multiplayer too, as there were rumours of Gridlock map done at night. And it is fricken gorgeous.
Looks like this fall is going to be set up for alot of gaming!!!