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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Will Support Kinect, But 'Won't Affect Core Gameplay'

Microsoft says Kinect support won't 'affect the core gameplay experience.'

It's no surprise people are pushing back on the idea of Halo being augmented with Kinect.

When Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary ships later this year, it will support Kinect.

Microsoft did not make any such announcements at E3, but a GameSpot interview with Microsoft Game Studios chief Phil Spencer revealed Microsoft's intentions to have Kinect hooks.

When I asked the company for specifics today, however, Microsoft was coy.

“It’s no surprise we’re exploring ways Kinect can enhance game experiences in authentic and meaningful ways," said the company. "The Kinect features we’re exploring with Halo: Anniversary are additive and will not affect the core gameplay experience or alter our mission of delivering a faithful recreation of the original game. That said we have nothing else to share just yet.”

Another statement released by 343 Industries community manager Jessica Shea on the Halo Waypoint message boards provided a little more clarity and an important phrase: optional.

"The Kinect features we're exploring with Halo: Anniversary are optional and won't affect your core gameplay experience," said Shea. "Our mission, from day one, has been to deliver a faithful recreation of the original game, and we remain dedicated to seeing that through to completion."

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is an HD remastering of the original Halo game developed by Bungie Studios. 343 Industries and Saber Interactive are collaborating on the update.

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Posted by patrickklepek
It's no surprise people are pushing back on the idea of Halo being augmented with Kinect.

When Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary ships later this year, it will support Kinect.

Microsoft did not make any such announcements at E3, but a GameSpot interview with Microsoft Game Studios chief Phil Spencer revealed Microsoft's intentions to have Kinect hooks.

When I asked the company for specifics today, however, Microsoft was coy.

“It’s no surprise we’re exploring ways Kinect can enhance game experiences in authentic and meaningful ways," said the company. "The Kinect features we’re exploring with Halo: Anniversary are additive and will not affect the core gameplay experience or alter our mission of delivering a faithful recreation of the original game. That said we have nothing else to share just yet.”

Another statement released by 343 Industries community manager Jessica Shea on the Halo Waypoint message boards provided a little more clarity and an important phrase: optional.

"The Kinect features we're exploring with Halo: Anniversary are optional and won't affect your core gameplay experience," said Shea. "Our mission, from day one, has been to deliver a faithful recreation of the original game, and we remain dedicated to seeing that through to completion."

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is an HD remastering of the original Halo game developed by Bungie Studios. 343 Industries and Saber Interactive are collaborating on the update.

Posted by KarlPilkington

NEEDLER ON

Posted by MrMuscle

Wonder if this will be a full priced game.

Posted by Jimbo

Halo Journeys: Movement Devolved

Posted by Choffy

@MrMuscle said:

Wonder if this will be a full priced game.

They've already said $40.

Posted by blacklab

@MrMuscle said:

Wonder if this will be a full priced game.

Exactly what I was thinking. With Kinect support I'm thinking it will be 60 bones.

Posted by EmuLeader

@blacklab: they've announced the price of $40, they wouldn't change it so late after already stating it.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

@MrMuscle said:

Wonder if this will be a full priced game.

It's not, but close to it (I think it's $50 in the US).

Don't see the problem with that though, it is a full remake after all, not just an HD port and comes with quite a few new multiplayer maps.

Posted by FieryPayne

"Will Support Kinect, But 'Won't Affect Core Gameplay"

 
a.k.a. - needless kinect support
Posted by DarkbeatDK

The box tag-line "Better with Kinect" makes me cringe every time.

Posted by MisterMouse

Hmm... they wouldnt do something on rails like that harry potter thing would they?

Posted by Donos

Kinect needler slap.

Posted by President_Barackbar

@DarkbeatDK said:

The box tag-line "Better with Kinect" makes me cringe every time.

Especially because we all know from the E3 demos that NOTHING is better with Kinect.

Posted by GleasonRyan

Master Chief kill all

Posted by Brendan

It doesn't bother me, since I don't have a Kinect and will therefore never have any interaction with those elements.

Posted by big_jon

@MrMuscle said:

Wonder if this will be a full priced game.

It's been priced at 39.99 already.

Posted by Andryan

@President_Barackbar: what about life-changing moments of horror? I refer to KINECT ME of course.

Posted by theberserker

fly mode on

Posted by Smokay
@WinterSnowblind said:

@MrMuscle said:

Wonder if this will be a full priced game.

It's not, but close to it (I think it's $50 in the US).

Don't see the problem with that though, it is a full remake after all, not just an HD port and comes with quite a few new multiplayer maps.

Remember what happened with ODST?
Posted by SilenceUK

@MrMuscle said:

Wonder if this will be a full priced game.

we know its not already they said 40 i think it was but its defo not full price

Posted by buft

Xbox! Pistol sniper rifle shoot!

Posted by WinterSnowblind

@Smokay: They never said ODST wouldn't be full priced and it wasn't in most countries anyway (I paid £50 for it with the limited edition controller). Like has been said several times, they've already specifically said this won't be.

Posted by Babylonian

@FieryPayne said:

"Will Support Kinect, But 'Won't Affect Core Gameplay"

a.k.a. - needless kinect support

It's better than the alternative, though, right? If they shoehorned Kinect into Halo 1's 'core gameplay,' wouldn't that be a thousand times worse than just throwing something in as a nice bonus for Kinect owners?

Posted by theveej

lol only way to teabag is to do it for reals via Kinect HAHAHA RL Teabagging FINALLY!

Posted by ez123
Posted by SlightConfuse

Xbox bing master chief

Posted by theanticitizen
@blacklab They already said it's $39.99
Posted by theanticitizen

I said this on Twitter and I'll say it here too, if the Kinect stuff isn't in my way, doesn't ruin performance or I don't notice any key features missing without it, then I don't care if it's in there. As long as I can play the game without it just fine I'm happy.

Posted by MrGtD

ENERGY SWORD ON

Posted by Norusdog

gotta love those that got duped by the Kinect.  Nothing good for it and just random toss outs of minor functionality in other games.
 
thought that thing was supposed to be cool? lol.

Posted by crusader8463

I see Microsoft shoehorning this Kinect stuff into everything and claiming it won't affect gameplay being as annoying to console gamers as it was when they told the PC gamers that it wouldn't affect them any when games are made for controllers instead of Keybaord and Mouse. Time will tell I guess.

Posted by amomjc

@Norusdog said:

gotta love those that got duped by the Kinect. Nothing good for it and just random toss outs of minor functionality in other games. thought that thing was supposed to be cool? lol.

When has new hardware ever shone right in the beginning? Give it time and, maybe not the Kinect, but a future Motion hardware will take the reigns learning from past mistakes. I like my Kinect, especially for Dance Central and soon UFC Personal trainer.

Would be interesting to see what they come up with for Halo using the Kinect. I still want, and people can flame all they want, a Halo themed rail shooter like Time Crisis. I think it would be neat and wish that developers would make more games like them for consoles instead of dishing out rail shooter that use controllers or "your hands."

Posted by EpicBenjamin

ENERGY SWORD ON!

Posted by YOUNGLINK

Kinect is an albatross around my 360.  GO AWAY!

Posted by mariussmit
The problem with motion controls in general is that they do not allow the player to move freely around in the game space because in order to that they player would leave the space in front of their television. A good example of this being the new Star Wars Kinect game. 
 
Motion gaming will not be meaningful for the "core" audience until this problem can be elegantly resolved , since it reduces every game to an on-rails experience. Having a nunchuk controller is a partial solution, but that has is own set of constraints. 
 
It would be interesting to see which console/developer/game gets this right for the first time since it would constitute the biggest shift in game controls since Bungie were able to make FPS controls work on a game pad. 
 
I remember from the Ocarina 3DS quick-look yesterday that Vinny and Brad mentioned what Mario 64 and Ocarina did for 3rd person action games and how they laid the groundwork for everything that followed. Motion-based games need their Ocarina now.
Posted by StriderNo9

All I want is my pistol back :)

Posted by Sammo21

Kinect is becoming playstation move and playstation sixaxis...they put it in everything now just because they can apparently.

LIGHTSABER ACTIVIATE

Posted by Renegade1973

I bought Halo originally, and again on download. Should i have to buy again for the 3rd time?

Posted by michaelfossbakk

This and Skyrim are the two things I looking forward to most this year.

Posted by Manatassi

@michaelfossbakk said:

This and Skyrim are the two things I looking forward to most this year.

Hear that!

Posted by Crono
@Renegade1973 said:

I bought Halo originally, and again on download. Should i have to buy again for the 3rd time?

Depends on your definition of "have to."  No one is forcing you to rebuy these games X number of times. But as Nintendo has learned from repackaging all of their yesteryear successes, people will keep buying the same shit over and over.
Posted by Hockeymask27

I guess if only a side thing. Still I wish they stop pushing this down every games throat.

Posted by DrDarkStryfe

Every Microsoft first party title, no matter the type of title, will have Kinect support from here on out, with the sole exception of Gears 3 at the moment.

Posted by DJJoeJoe
@Crono said:
@Renegade1973 said:

I bought Halo originally, and again on download. Should i have to buy again for the 3rd time?

Depends on your definition of "have to."  No one is forcing you to rebuy these games X number of times. But as Nintendo has learned from repackaging all of their yesteryear successes, people will keep buying the same shit over and over.
the anniversary edition actually has 'new' stuff also, you're not buying the same game, you're getting something significantly greater with online co-op and multiplayer along with the nifty graphics switching. Also it's not full price.
Posted by ImperiousRix

Obviously, it's great that they're not putting Kinect in as something crucial, but it's extremely off-putting that Microsoft continually is throwing it into games that don't need it.  At all. 
 
Again, since it's "additive", it's not too big of a deal, but it just doesn't feel right.  It's like ordering a delicious grilled cheese and it coming with a side of dog poop.  It's not touching the grilled cheese, and you really don't have to do anything with it if you don't want, but its horrible presence persists regardless.

Posted by MaFoLu

Xbox! Headshot!

Kinect, making online shooters more accessible for the "casual" audience since 2011.

Posted by confideration

So being able to play the game with an optional skin upgrade is cool, but having optional Kinect support is not.

Way to go 'core' fanbase!

Posted by YukoAsho
@Norusdog said:
gotta love those that got duped by the Kinect.  Nothing good for it and just random toss outs of minor functionality in other games.  thought that thing was supposed to be cool? lol.
@theanticitizen said:
I said this on Twitter and I'll say it here too, if the Kinect stuff isn't in my way, doesn't ruin performance or I don't notice any key features missing without it, then I don't care if it's in there. As long as I can play the game without it just fine I'm happy.
 
This is what will keep Kinect from becoming a software driver.  The core, already feeling sore from the Wii, won't bite, and the casual can't possibly feel good having only bits of the game useable for them.  Stuff like the shoe-horning here doesn't please anyone.  Make a game FOR Kinect or don't, but don't half-ass it, guys.
Posted by rmanthorp

XBOX: SHOOT THE BAD GUYS!

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Posted by LloydTheGreat

If you don't like Kinect stop complaining about it. Just don't use it! I personally find it fun to use. 

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