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Remastered 'Halo' games reportedly coming to Xbox One this year

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Microsoft surprised no one when it announced earlier this week that Master Chief would be returning in fall 2015 for Halo 5: Guardians. But you might not have to wait that long to get a Halo first-person shooter on Xbox One. A remastered suite of all the primary Halo games — Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 — will come out this year, according to a new report. After a series of rumors and suggestions that Microsoft would re-release at least one of the older Halo titles on Xbox One, Engadget's sources say that all four will be released together under the title Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Re-releasing the older titles makes plenty of sense as it provides a way for new fans to catch up on the series before Halo 5 — especially since the Xbox One lacks any sort of backwards compatibility. Halo: Combat Evolved is nearly thirteen years old at this point, and Halo 2 is approaching its ten-year anniversary. The first game in the series was remastered in HD back in 2011 for the Xbox 360 as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Microsoft hasn't commented on the rumors, but the company has dropped hints in the past that remasters would be on the way. Bonnie Ross, the studio head of 343 Industries, said alongside the Halo 5 announcement that "we’re confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited about the special plans we have in store [in 2014]." No matter Microsoft's plans, we should find out for sure during its E3 press conference next month.