Why is it a copout? What exactly is a copout about producing a product that fans the world over have repeatedly said 'I would buy that in a heartbeat' to?
Was God of War HD a copout? Was the Sly collection a copout? Prince of persia? How about Banjo-Kazooie or Perfect Dark?
Halo:CE with an updated engine, achievements and those original multiplayer maps is a dream come true to millions, and would sell gangbusters. Similarly fans of Halo want to see the finish to John's story, hence Halo 4.
343 know the demand is there and are supplying. End of story. If you think any games producer does what they do far anything other than 'moneymaking purposes' then you are completely deluded.
Perhaps your post might have sounded less like a blatant troll wrapped in the guise of a legitimate post if you hadnt been such a condescending cunt and called fans of Halo 'gullible'.
You have beef with a popular franchise so tried to position yourself 'above' it and its fans with a very obvious 'please validate my opinion' post.