The genre-defining Halo: Combat Evolved is having a birthday, and it wouldn’t be a proper one if someone, somewhere hadn’t had the idea of “re-imagining” the classic title that sparked one of the biggest franchises in videogame history. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, aptly named, was born.
Apart from the usual updates expected to be done to a game this old, like HD visuals, online co-op, Kinect support, new challenges and story, developer 343 Industries is going the whole nine yards and will be re-recording the iconic soundtrack created by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori with the help of Pyramid Studios, Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Chanticleer vocal ensemble.
“It was a huge undertaking to transcribe, orchestrate, and produce every note from the original game soundtrack files,” said Pyramind Studios audio director Paul Lipson. “Our team approached every aspect of the music with an immense amount of skill and care, keeping the core Halo sound while updating the production to today’s highest standards.”