Microsoft Studios, the developers behind the upcoming Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, has confirmed that the remastered shooter will have Kinect integration when it releases this year in November.
In an interview with gaming website GameSpot, Microsoft Game Studios’ Phil Spencer stated, while talking about Kinect integration in this year’s video games: “Even games like Halo Anniversary has [sic] Kinect integration”.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition is an HD remake of 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved which launched with the original Xbox. It’s the same Halo: CE that was called the original Xbox’s killer app back in the day, just with better graphics and an all new online co-op mode.
It is unclear at the moment how Kinect integration will work out. The games we’ve seen so far that claim “Kinect integration” simply tack on half-baked ideas that aren’t fun nor add much to the experience.
We’re hoping Halo Anniversary’s integration will be similar to Ghost Recon: Future Solider’s implementation wherein the player can customize their weapon, shoot, give orders, reload, move around and basically just play the entire game using just Kinect.
Whatever the Kinect integration ends up looking like, hardcore fans can rest assured that they will be able to play the game with just the controller as well.
Microsoft’s E3 conference was quite heavy on Kinect-related announcements. Games like Mass Effect 3, Fable: The Journey, Minecraft, Ghost Recon: Future Solider, Forza Motorsport 4 and Dance Central 2 were shown with Kinect support. Kinect-specific games like Star Wars, Ryse and Kinect Sports 2 were shown as well!
You can watch the full interview from Gamespot below. To hear Phil’s statement regarding Kinect integration, jump to the 0:25 mark.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition is set to release on November 15th, 2012 exclusively for the Xbox 360.