Microsoft: HD Remakes Not a Focus

Xbox 360 fans hopeful of one day playing a HD remake of Halo: Combat Evolved may want to lower their excitement levels for now.

During an interview with IGN last week, Microsoft Game Studios Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer was asked about the possibility of re-releasing HD remakes of classic Xbox titles, such as Halo: CE and Halo 2, for Xbox 360 in the future.

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coolbeans2967d ago

I'm sure Halo 1+2 will become HD remakes eventually.

N4GAddict2967d ago

They are already HD on the PC

darthv722967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

The only reason sony is doing hd remakes is because they dont want to put bc back into the ps3. They make more $$ off selling an hd remake to the same person who already has the ps2 version.

I know, I am one of them. I bought the GoW collection even though I have the first two. I will buy the Sly Cooper and Rachet collections. i'd buy a Jak/Daxter collection. My reasoning is because each collection would encompass the games as a whole and not one or another. I only have one rachet and no sly games for ps2 (yeah..stone me).

MS has offered up bc xbox games since day one. I would thought sony would follow suit but if they are combining multiple games into one low price with added features...its hard to pass up.

I can think of several xbox games I'd like to see remastered or better yet...a sequel. Crimson Skies comes to mind.

Bottom line, just because company A does something does not mean company B must do the same thing. It's nice...but not a requirement.

Shang-Long2967d ago

HD Remake > bC..
you get trophy support. in this case achievements. it gives you a reason to go back to playing the classics.

mynd2967d ago

They already enjoy the same "upgrade" that GOW colleciton got. And it doesn t cost you another version:

AAACE52967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

Sony makes HD remakes and it is viewed as they don't want to do BC and people go out and buy it and love it.

MS does anything, and they are considered money hungry and trying to get every penny from it's consumers.

Is there some kind of unspoken logic that I don't get? Aren't both companies trying to do the same thing to us? They all want our money and are trying to figure out the best way to get it right?

I'm not trying to discredit any of the remakes... but $40 for games you have beat already that have better graphics? Really? The only game I could even consider doing that for is Ocarina of time!

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theonlylolking2967d ago

Halo 2 would look like halo 3 if they hd remade it.

PS360fanboy2967d ago

If they want to make some quick cash and let people happy, for god's sake, just release KOTOR 1+2 HD remakes.

I never had a chance to play them so I'd certainly get it.

wedgie2967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

I would recommend Steam. They cost about 10 dollars each on there and I am sure that by now your computer can easily handle them. They are both several years old, and some of my favorite games.

Socrates2967d ago

It seems games for hardcore gamers really isn't their focus at all. Casual Kinect crap is obviously their focus. I would love to play some updated versions of older Xbox games I love. Oh well.

Garrus_Vakarian2967d ago

Just no.

Don't compare the garbage that is Halo 3(or Reach for that matter) to Halo 2 and CE.

TheBlackSmoke2967d ago

I agree, Halo CE is the best Halo game imho. Im just pointing out in terms of graphics, if you upressed Halo CE and 2 it would just look like Halo 3

Garrus_Vakarian2967d ago

They sure need to be remade. For now CE PC will do.

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Matthew942967d ago


NecrumSlavery2967d ago

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is coming to PSN in HD with Trophy support. Hopefully some sort of online co-op or MP too.

divideby02967d ago

I didnt disagree, because I know what you are saying, but I would like to see a new version of Jade Empire

NYC_Gamer2967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

jade empire is not exclusive its also on pc...MS really has nothing they could remake

Elven62967d ago

Black & White
Brute Force
Crimson Skies
Kung Fu Chaos (I think Ninja Theory might own it though)
Mech Assault
Mech Warrior
Rare stuff

And the list goes on, MGS has been publishing stuff for over twenty years, they have plenty in the PC/Xbox family that could be remade. FASA, Digital Anvil, etc have a lot of cult favorite/hit titles that released on the Xbox to boot.

divideby02967d ago


your forgot 2 of the best xbox games (at the time) top spin tennis and Rally Sport they were great back in the day..

I even enjoyed Brute Force and I got bashed for saying how I did like that game

lowcarb2967d ago

You also forgot Breakdown, Riddick, Panzer dragoon, Wreckless, Phantom Dust, and Otogi.

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IMChampion2967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

Gotta agree there. Seriously, this not even about fanboyism, its just that the Xbox had no original IPs really that could be thought about for a HD remake, given a select and I mean select few. One off the top of my head is Jade Empire and that's about it.

EDIT: divideby0 beat me to it lol and it seems its the only he cares about as well.

Socrates2967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

You're acting like a tool. There were lots of great games on the Xbox that I would love to play in HD. Games like: Halo CE, Halo 2, Otogi, Otogi 2, Jade Empire, Fable, KOTOR, KOTOR 2, Shenmue 2. Those might not all be Microsoft games and some of them are also available on the PC, but if you don't have a PC it would still be great to get updated versions for the 360.

Sadly Microsoft is on this casual kick and they don't seem to care about giving much to the hardcore gamers.

Matthew942967d ago

KOTOR 1 and 2 are on pc so they dont need HD remakes

GoldPS32967d ago

I agree. I don't know what other exclusive the xbox had. Halo, Forza, PGR......what else.

MmaFanQc2967d ago

so its kinda obvious they dont want to do remakes.......BECAUSE THEY DONT EVEN HAVE GAMES TO DO IT......

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C0MPUT3R2967d ago

HD remakes of those games couldn't fit on a DVD. ^_^

iHEARTboobs2967d ago

It's understandable considering their library isn't as vast as the PS library. But at the same time i'm sure there's a few that they could remake that'll make people happy.

siliticx2967d ago

Of course not, Killing your own brand is... oh wait, i'm sorry i meant marketing kinect.