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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Gets Digital Pre-Order Bonuses

Pre-Order Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary get an avatar and exclusive skull.

Microsoft has announced that gamers who pre-order the upcoming Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will receive “Master Chief Avatar Armor” and the exclusive “Grunt Funeral” Skull.

Once activated the Grunt Funeral skull modifies the rules of the game by having every enemy grunt’s methane tank explode when they are killed, which could set up a humorous “grunt chain reaction” explosion.

Check out the full press release below and look for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the Xbox 360 this November.

Pre-order “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” to Unlock Your Inner Master Chief and Pay Tribute to the Lovable Grunt

Join 343 Industries for a special Comic-Con “Halo” Universe panel on July 22

LONDON — 18 July, 2011 — Ten years ago “Halo: Combat Evolved” launched around the world and defined both the shooter genre and a generation of gamers. Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries are celebrating this epic milestone with the launch of “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” for Xbox 360 on 15th November and inviting fans to join the landmark celebration with a set of special pre-order bonuses*:

· Master Chief Avatar Armour – Heroes never die, and to honour the 10th Anniversary of John 117, you will finally be able to transform your Xbox LIVE Avatar into the iconic hero by outfitting it with Master Chief’s signature MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armour.

· “Grunt Funeral” Skull – An exclusive, game-modifying skull that changes the rules of the game for an explosively humorous experience, “Grunt Funeral” sends “Halo’s” most lowly and lovable enemy out in a blaze of glory. And plasma. And then more glory. Once the skull has been activated, every grunt’s methane tank will explode like a plasma grenade when killed. Watch out for the grunt chain reaction!

Be sure to check out the latest “Halo: Anniversary” behind-the-scenes feature on Halo Waypoint and HaloWaypoint.com for in-depth developer commentary on the creative process behind developing one of the year’s most highly anticipated games.

To learn more about the “Halo” series and the expansive fiction it helped inspire, drop by 343 Industries’ “Halo” Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where the creative minds behind the franchise will be delivering exclusive insights into the “Halo” universe, answering fan questions and more.

“Halo” Universe Panel with 343 Industries
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6BCF
Friday, 22nd July, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and others from 343 Industries, as well as special “Halo” guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss, discuss the first 10 years of “Halo” and offer a sneak peek into what’s next for this exciting sci-fi universe.

Developed by 343 Industries in collaboration with Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity, “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” immerses you in an authentic, next-generation re-creation of the award-winning campaign and genre-defining multiplayer that revolutionized the first-person shooter genre. Featuring a bounty of new features, including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE**, a bundle of some of the most beloved multiplayer maps in “Halo” history reimagined, a Classic mode that lets you play the original version, new challenges and a new story to uncover, “Halo: Anniversary” launches exclusively on Xbox 360 for an estimated retail price of £34.99 on 15th November 2011.

For more information about “Halo: Anniversary” and the “Halo” franchise, please visit HaloWaypoint.com and follow the 343 team on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HaloWaypoint.

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Justin
A gamer since the Intellivision days in the early 80′s, who started writing about and covering the video game industry in 2008. In his spare time he is also a bit of a gun-nut and Star Wars nerd.

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