Brought to us via the power of Kovac’s amazing translation skills (or Google Translate), 4News is reporting that a source close to Microsoft Game Studios has been talking to them about a Halo HD release next year. Please bear in mind it is a translation, so some of the text sounds a bit Yoda-like:
“As we are told by a source close to Microsoft Game Studios, the software house would already preparing Industries 343 Halo 4, the fourth chapter of the Halo series. To ease the wait, which separates the output of the title not expected before the year 2012, it seems that developers are considering the idea of reproducing the first chapters using the graphics engine of the recent Halo: Reach, bequeathed by Bungie team.
This would be a clever move: to exploit the franchise created years ago and still difficult to counter.
It starts immediately with the high definition version of Halo Combat Evolved, which are said could come out even to the end of March 2011. But not everything is decided. Much would depend both on the willingness of 343 Industries to compete immediately with the largest user of Xbox Live without waiting for the fourth chapter.
And according to the source, Microsoft would have asked for this to Epic Games to postpone the release of Gears of War 3, taking the time to improve and raffianare their title, and allow greater visibility to the adventure of Master Chief.”
It is a plausible idea, bearing in mind the overwhelmingly positive response to the ICO/SotC HD collection, as well as Prince of Persia. The thought that it is the reason behind Gears of War 3’s delay is bound to upset fans of that franchise though. We shall send an agent in undercover to try and get an official comment.