It might be hard to believe, but today marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Halo: Combat Evolved. This Xbox launch title quickly became a gaming powerhouse, launching one of the most successful franchises of all time, and cementing the Xbox as a true contender in the console arena. Fifteen years later 343 Industries is celebrating the anniversary with a new tribute trailer that promises “we’re just getting started”.
Check out the Halo 15th Anniversary Tribute video below. If you’ve been a Halo fan since the beginning, or even if you joined up recently, it should elicit some deep nostalgic emotions.
The team behind the scenes has also weighed in on Halo’s 15th anniversary, listing off thoughts on the series, and giving some anecdotes about their time working with it. Click here to read them all, but I wanted to include this paragraph from 343 head Bonnie Ross. It seems to sum up a lot of people’s feelings about Halo.
“What I love about Halo is it defied the odds on all levels. It brought the FPS to the console. It brought story to the FPS. And in my opinion, it made Xbox relevant (luckily, only my community team edits me so I can say whatever I want here!). Halo: Combat Evolved truly did change the game, and it did so in so many ways. For me it was the Silent Cartographer, the Magnum, the tranquility of my underwater drives in the Warthog, and the unpredicted fun of the Halo sandbox.”
That link will also go over some goodies that will be handed out in Halo 5: Guardians, including a special REQ pack.