Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a remake of the released in 2001 for the Xbox console game Halo: Combat Evolved. The new version is created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of this very popular first person shooter console game, and is actually a remastered version of the old game that brings improved graphics. The single player campaign will be with the same story as Halo: Combat Evolved, but the new Halo: CEA will be bundled with seven of the most popular multiplayer maps and will include including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, achievements, new challenges, and new fiction to uncover. And apparently when you press the Back button on the Xbox 360 controller, the game will switch from the updated graphics engine to the original classical graphics, and vice-versa. One of the new features however that was recently announced is the stereoscopic 3D support that the game will offer for people that already have a 3D HDTV at home. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is expected to be release on November 15th this year, the exact day of the 10th year anniversary since the release of the original game and of course it will be an Xbox 360 exclusive title.
Apparently the game will be outputting in stereoscopic 3D mode providing top-and-bottom 3D output to the 3D HDTV, so since Xbox 360 does not yet feature stereoscopic 3D support for the HDMI 1.4 frame packaging method you will have to switch the 3D HDTV to this mode manually. The remake of the game was apparently designed with the stereoscopic 3D mode in mind, so it should work pretty well and not lead to noticeable performance loss, although it is not know if the updated graphics will really look great in stereo 3D mode. The game was apparently modified a bit in order to avoid some issues in stereoscopic 3D mode and the user will of course have control over the level of depth in order to adjust it to best suit his personal preferences. Have in mind however that the stereo 3D mode will only be available in the updated graphics mode of the game, should you decide to play with the classic old graphics you will not have the option to use it. The classic graphics is just there to remind you how the game looked 10 years ago, you probably won’t be willing to play in it anyway, but aside from the classic graphics mode the stereo 3D support apparently won’t be present in the multiplayer mode of the game as well. The presence of stereoscopic 3D mode in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is just considered an extra feature planned especially for this anniversary edition, it does not mean that other upcoming Halo games will support stereo 3D technology, or maybe they are just checking the user interest while considering.