Halo Wars dropping March 3

Ensemble's sci-fi RTS swan song gets slightly delayed marching orders; Xbox 360-exclusive arrives in Europe Feb. 27, Japan Feb. 26.


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One month ago, Microsoft announced that Halo Wars would ship in February. Today, the software giant revealed it would miss its previously scheduled launch window…but only just. The Xbox 360-exclusive spin-off of the popular first-person shooter series will launch in North and South America on March 3, five days after its European launch on February 27. In Japan and Asia, localized versions of the game will go on sale February 26.

The Halo Wars: Special Edition.
The Halo Wars: Special Edition.

Given that 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved was originally conceived as an RTS, it seems odd Halo Wars is the first real-time strategy extension of the multiplatinum franchise. As in the main first-person shooter series, it will pit the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) against the Covenant, a multiracial empire of religious fanatics hell-bent on wiping humanity from the cosmos. Besides numerous units from the original series, the game features an in-depth storyline and locales from the various Halo novels. It is the final title from acclaimed Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios, which Microsoft is shutting down.

In the US, the regular edition of Halo Wars, which is rated T for Teen, will sell for $59.99. A $79.99 special edition will also include the upcoming Mythic Map Pack for Halo 3, an extra in-game vehicle (the Honor Guard Wraith), six trading cards describing the game's leaders, a crew patch for the starship Spirit of Fire, and the Halo Wars: Genesis graphic novel. For more details on Halo Wars, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on preview.

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this game will either be the best or really stupid

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"RTS game exclusively on X360? I'm sorry, isn't that synonymous for "fail"? It's RTS. Okay if you want it on the X360, but it HAS to be on PC. RTS just isn't the same on consoles..." No it isn't. Have you been under a rock for the past couple of years? LOTR and C&C have proved that RTS works just fine on 360. I have no no doubts this game will work great on console. Granted PC is better, but console is by no means bad anymore, not like it used to be.

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we will miss ensemble i have had this game preordered for over a year but i just upgraded 2 the le cuz i herd wuts in it EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RTS game exclusively on X360? I'm sorry, isn't that synonymous for "fail"? It's RTS. Okay if you want it on the X360, but it HAS to be on PC. RTS just isn't the same on consoles...

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I think it's wonderful that this title is for the 360. The 360 is my favorite platform for RTS games. I don't like sitting three inches away from the screen to play these type of games. I wonder if this will be as good as the newer Command & Conquer games or if it will just be a giant load of fan service. (Admittedly, I'd like to check out the graphic novel.)

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it will be cool if the giv a demo:)

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I want that game now :(

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Its incredibly stupid to have a game of this caliber on a console. As a matter of fact, the whole "RTS-on-console" thing is incredibly stupid. RTS games are for PCs - PERIOD !!!

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Time to get back into strategy games! I have C&C 3 coming to through goozex, as well as Culdcept Saga. And Kane's Wrath is in my que! Time to leave the FPS's for awhile and get back into this genre! Halo Wars is gonna be great!

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Feb 27?, Competing against Killzone 2 isn't a smart move. The gameplay, destructability, story and graphics have everyone in the industry amazed while Halo wars has remained pretty secretive. After reading this I geuess I have 2 games to buy on Feb 27.

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a game, expansion, and new maps, this will be a great year indead plus Call of Duty Modern warfare 2!

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I'll probably pick this up if i have some cash

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Wow this looks good. I'm certainly getting the special edition.

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the gameplay and graphics for this RTS look awesome, cant wait for this game!

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If only I had a 360, well a none red lighted one :(

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that battles in this game are gunna be EPIC!

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Real-Time Strategy is a genre that has been getting more and more popular on consoles with all the cool games like Command & Conquer 3, Battle for Midearth 2, and University at War. Halo Wars has me more excited than any of them!

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That is one big SPLEDIN package im pretty pumped to get this..........

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Halo 1 was conceived as an RTS game? WTH, Thank goodness it wasnt born as an RTS because I like it the way is.

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awsome i have been waiting for a release date or ages. cant wait

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I can't wait to get this game!

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Now re-open Ensemble Studios, I'm still waiting on Age of Mythology 2 after God-Knows-How-Many years.

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@ Justinwhite Yeah I think RTS for halo was the original setup "So I hear". Kinda like what Westwood did for C&C RTS to C&C Renegade. Looking forward to this game, if has the voice comands like End War I see that as a +. So long as it works as well as the End War command system.

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@steelsoldier Microsoft wants to do something different for a change, which i'm all for. I'm not concerned about the controls. I'm just concerned that it will get stale because of doing it "by the numbers."

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This game is a disrespect to the halo family, it isn't even made by bungie

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So let me get this straight,Japan a country that couldnt give 2 dog turds for Master chief get the game first.

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The game looks like a watered down RTS for the console audience. I guess if they pull off the Halo atmosphere well and have a good singleplayer campaign, the game could be decent, but I'm not counting on it. This is Ensemble Studios after all... AoM and AoE2 were good, but AoE3 was crap, and this game is supposed to be AoE3 with spartans and elites, so yeah.

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that bad. I can only play on XBOX. my mother did not release the game pc

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It looks quite good would prefer it on the PC as many people have stated it usually just feels better on a PC (although im not saying it will be bad on console) depending on how the controls for it are will make or break this game as for the gameplay and story i have no worries esemblem are fantastic designers. Hopefully the team have not taken a cant be bothered approach to the game in protest to microsoft shutting them down ;)

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hmm... an interesting direction for the series to go

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I want to buy end war. is it worth?

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Excellent. It looks like a pretty slick game IMO.

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looks good

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PSdual_wielder, Command & Conquer 3 says, Heeeeelllllloooooo! Not perfect, but far from bad. The controls in the game were really good. Maybe inferior to the PC version, but it is one of the best RTS games on a console.

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Can't wait. Have never been disappointed with anything in the Halo universe.

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USA get's this last get over it, It has to do with a PS3 exclusive coming out on 27th Killzone in Europe! Anyway you get every other game before us so it make's a nice change. Do you even know how long you had resistance 2 over there before it shiped in europe?

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If it's a 360 exclusive then why the hell did they force the Halogen mod to stop? It was almost done when they pulled the plug, too! Well, I guess they figured a professional console game just wouldn't be able to compete with a pc mod made by a small group of fans. Having said that, I'm still probably going to get it (after Europe and Asia, wtf?)

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WTF is the US getting HALO WARS LAST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Why are people bringing up End War like it's a bad thing? End War may not be the greatest game but it's a pretty good RTS that's a lot of fun to play, and its main feature was the use of voice commands, something I don't think we're going to have to worry about with Halo Wars, but if you were really more interested in Halo Wars than you are about being a smartass you would have known this.

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"Please don´t be like End War" WHY ? the game suck ?

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"But an RTS on a console, in the end, has been tried to the extreme and its proven that it DOESN'T WORK." No RTS was ever made EXCLUSIVELY for the console, they've all been ports. So no, it hasn't been done.

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gamer082009: This game IS being made by the "professionals", it's being made by the same company that did the Age of Empires series.

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Tizzsnoodle: Just because it hasn't been done right before doesn't mean they can't get it right now. Battle For Middle Earth 2 worked decently for the console and this one is being made EXCLUSIVELY for the console so there's a bigger chance that this might end up working. Plus, its control scheme is already being praised.

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In my opinion, RTS's dont belong on consoles. The controls always suck.

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Please dont be like End War

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RTS + Halo = the original idea for the game. I think it will translate well and can't wait to get this.

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I'll pass on this one.