Big news. A remake of the 2001 Xbox blockbuster ‘Halo: Combat Evolved’ is said to be in the works and scheduled for a tentative November 15th release. The popular gaming blog Joystiq announced today that they had confirmed with unnamed sources that a complete remake of the wildly popular first installment of this decade long franchise was set to be released on the 10 year anniversary of the game’s original debut.

The game will not simply be a graphical upgrade of the original, but will feature an all new physics engine and additional features such as support for online cooperative play. The original game supported local split screen play but had no online connectivity to speak of.

According to Joystiq, the re-release will feature support for 1080p resolution and 3D televisions. The audio from the original game is likely to remain unchanged. New Jersey-based Saber Interactive is said to be the developer behind the remake while Bungie, the original developer of the game will not be involved.

‘Halo: Combat Evolved’ launched in 2001 as one of the first games available for Microsoft’s Xbox. The game received rave reviews and enjoyed widespread commercial success. The game was based on a sci-fi novel series, and has spawned three sequels, a prequel and a real-time strategy game.

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