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Halo Wars Coming February 2009

Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios announced that the much-anticipated strategy game “Halo Wars” will be landing at retailers worldwide this February in both a standard and Limited Collector’s Edition format. Taking the “Halo” battle beyond the first person, “Halo Wars” puts players in command of the battlefield and combines the intensity of “Halo” with a riveting new story that precedes the events of “Halo: Combat Evolved.”

Developed by Ensemble Studios, the creators of the critically-acclaimed “Age of Empires” series, “Halo Wars” was designed specifically for Xbox 360 and brings a genre that has typically thrived on the PC seamlessly to consoles. From specialized controls to redesigned resource management and unit command, “Halo Wars” will give players the fluid strategy experience they’ve been waiting for on a console.

In addition to the standard retail version, “Halo Wars” will be offered in a Limited Collector’s Edition through participating retailers and will feature:

  • Three New “Halo 3″ Multiplayer Maps - Be one of the first to experience the Mythic Map Pack from Bungie which includes three new maps, “Assembly,” “Orbital” and “Sandbox”
  • Halo Wars: Genesis - a beautiful graphic novel by Phil Noto, Graeme Devine and Eric Nylund chronicling the first military campaign against the Covenant. The novel centers around the Sprit of Fire on a mission to discover why the Covenant are so interested in the world of Harvest
  • Unique In-game Vehicle - “Honor Guard” Wraith
  • Six Leader Cards - Leaders possess elite skills which can turn the tides of battle
  • Spirit of Fire Patch - Start the journey as an official Spirit of Fire crew member

As an added bonus, fans eager for their chance to battle the Covenant will be able to pre-order “Halo Wars” and receive a pre-order card to download a special in-game Warthog vehicle with flame decals from select participating retailers.

The standard edition of “Halo Wars” will have an estimated retail price of $59.99 and the Limited Collector’s Edition will retail for an estimated price of $79.99. “Halo Wars” is rated “T” for Teen.

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Comments [1]

  • Redeema - November 8th, 2008 at 4:05 pm
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    Is this an anticipated game? I haven’t really heard anyone saying that they can’t wait for this to be released. I think this will get scooped up in bunches for the first week or two based solely on the name recognition, but it’ll be one of those games that hits the local game store in numbers so large they refuse to take more trade-ins.

    I like RTS, but they just don’t work well on consoles. The controller doesn’t do justice to the style of game. Maybe if they created some special preipheral I could see it, but since they’re not. Pass.

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