Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary gets the orchestral treatment


Perhaps the only non-Kinect project Microsoft announced back at E3 was Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition, a tarted up version of the game that put the Xbox on the map.

Today, Pyramind Studios announced that they will be working with Microsoft and 343 Industries to produce the game’s soundtrack, which will be fully orchestrated.

Microsoft Studios Senior Audio Director Kristofor Mellroth and Pyramind Studios COO/Audio Director Paul Lipson will be working with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Chanticleer (a leading men’s vocal ensemble) to remaster the game’s original score, which was written by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatore. Recording will occur at Skywalker Ranch.

In a release sent out earlier, Paul Lipson said “It was a huge undertaking to transcribe, orchestrate, and produce every note from the original game soundtrack files. Our team approached every aspect of the music with an immense amount of skill and care, keeping the core Halo sound while updating the production to today’s highest standards.”

Microsoft Studios Senior Audio Director Kristofor Mellroth agrees, adding; “This wasn’t just a simple remaster, it was a completely new orchestration and recording using renowned talent and top live players. We are striving to create the ultimate love letter to Halo fans, and celebrate Marty O’Donnell’s and Michael Salvatori’s original vision with grace and style”.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be out this November.