A decade ago, gaming developer Bungie in collaboration with Microsoft Studios gave us a magnificent first-person shooter called ‘Halo: Combat Evolved.’  This game not only revolutionized the genre, but the gaming world as we know it.  All of the big franchises currently in production like ‘Call of Duty,’ and ‘Battlefield’ owe their success to Halo.

With Bungie splitting from its parent company (Microsoft), newcomer 343 Studios has been given the task of creating the next chapter in the Halo saga.  During this year’s E3 convention in Los Angeles, 343 announced that they were developing ‘Halo 4,’ which would continue the story of our beloved Master Chief and his Artificial Intelligence counterpart, Cortana.  According to the studio, ‘Halo 4’ will be out sometime in 2012.  As excited as I was upon hearing this wonderful news, 343’s next announcement really grabbed my attention.

With the tenth anniversary of the original Halo approaching, 343 has decided to re-master this classic first-person shooter to the standards of our current generation consoles.  From the footage you’ll see in this production video, you can instantly tell how much effort went into this production.  Even though all of the levels and game-play are the same, the newly updated graphics make the game look brand new.  The developers have also added a few new features that will allow X-Box Live members to play the game online, which wasn’t possible a decade earlier.

Another interesting feature that I’m looking forward to trying, is the ability to change the graphics back to how they originally looked in the first game.  343 has stated that this will be easily done with the press of a button anytime during the game, so you can see exactly what changes have been made.  Check out the behind the scenes video below, and let us know what you think.  Are you excited to see what this game will look like with our modern graphics?  The anniversary addition of Halo will be available on November 15, 2011 for $39.95.

Video Source: IGN