Halo: CE Anniversary to Use Kinect [UPDATE]

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
UPDATE

Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek managed to get a hot comment out of Microsoft that is worth noting:

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.
With that in mind, maybe we could all ease up on the torches and pitchforks?

ORIGINAL STORY

Billy Joel famously penned "We Didn't Start The Fire" with major incidents in world history and their impact on the media. If the Piano Man were to rewrite one of the lines in the song, it might now end something like this:

U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy, Chubby Checker, Psycho, Kinect comes to Halo!
You read that right, Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer confirmed in an interview with GameSpot that the upcoming Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition will include some kind of Kinect integration.

Spencer was quoted as saying:

As a first-party, we believe that Kinect will be important to all genres of games, be it racing games with Forza, combat games like Ryse. Even games like Halo Anniversary has Kinect integration.

The interesting thing with the amount of original content that creators came to the show with – things like what Mass Effect did, Ghost Recon – we didn’t know that was going to be on our stage when we started our E3 planning
The extent of the Kinect integration has not been confirmed at this time.

The glimmer of hope to Kinect haters is that Spencer stopped short of confirming whether Halo 4 would include Kinect support.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition is set for a November 15th, 2011 release. Halo 4 will be released in the Holiday 2012 season.
Jonathan Barnes
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Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.