Halo Wars hits in February

Release window and collector's edition details revealed for Ensemble's swan song real-time strategy game.

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When Halo 3 arrived in stores last year, Microsoft went all out with the collector's editions. The publisher prepared three different packages for the game, the most extravagant of which cost $130 and came packed with a scaled-down replica of the Master Chief's Mjolnir Mark VI helmet.

All this could be yours.
All this could be yours.

Microsoft today announced the details of its Halo Wars launch--including a February release window--and the Xbox 360 exclusive's rollout is planned to be a bit low-key by comparison. The real-time strategy prequel to the first-person shooter franchise will arrive in standard and limited collector's edition packs that cost $59.99 and $79.99, respectively.

For the extra $20, gamers who pick up the collector's edition bundle will also get the upcoming Halo 3 Mythic Map Pack add-on of three new multiplayer levels, an extra in-game vehicle (the Honor Guard Wraith), six cards describing the game's leaders, a "Spirit of Fire" crewmember patch, and the Halo Wars: Genesis graphic novel. Featuring the talents of Phil Noto, Graeme Devine, and Eric Nylund, the graphic novel tells the story of one of the earliest confrontations between humankind and the alien Covenant. Those who preorder either version of the game at select retailers will also receive a code for a downloadable in-game Warthog vehicle sporting flame decals.

Halo Wars is being developed by Age of Empires outfit Ensemble Studios. In September, Microsoft announced that it would be closing the studio after the completion of the project. Some of the core team members will go on to form their own independent studio, the first project of which will be to support Halo Wars after its launch.

For more on Halo Wars, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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I agree with you dannyatkinson. I wish/hope they make it for the PC.

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I don't care what anyone says. Everyone knows this would be much better on PC. M$ is stupid for not doing it on PC also. What could they be thinking. I guess they don't like money any more. I promise you it would sell much more on pc than on 360. I own a 360 and love it but it is just a horrible setup for RTS games. Maby MS will see the light and change their mind and make a PC version. Here is hoping. I hate that they killed HALOGEN for this game. That mod looked killer.

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sounds cool, hopefully the controls work well

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j***s, not suprised that the console RTS haters are crawling out of the wood work again. Just because something has not been done right yet, doesn't mean that it will never happen. If you play Halo Wars expecting the controls to suck, and they do indeed suck, you really didn't loose anything. But if dont play the game and the controls are brillently executed, then you just let your stubborness deny you the opportunty to play an innovative game. but then again ignorance is bliss, isn't it.... The collectors edition comes with a bunch of s**t. thats worth the 10 bucks extra imo.

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Nice cant wait. Hope it is as good as it looks

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Are they trying to counter Killzone? That's a pretty good business decision seeing as the Halo name can be quite powerful.

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Sounds good, can't wait for this game. and to Molezzi, STOP TROLLING!

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well im glad they chose 1st qtr next year. gives me time to play some of the holiday releases first. GEARS BABY!

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I'm hoping that this one will have more plot then the last one.

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Already pre-ordered!! Go, Xbox360!! :D

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If the halo shooter was good , that doesn't mean the RTS will be...............

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Duhneighbour- why don't you play RTS on console rather than watch vids on them, they do work.

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Something tells me it's just going to be a standard RTS game with no special values above the name Halo.

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Hyped for anything other than Halo universe? That's a good point actually, I don't know anything about it besides that.

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Why would they shut down the studio?

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so is this game hyped for anything else besides halo universe??

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bet it gets delayed

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Finally!

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I can't wait, best possible timing -- something to do in February! The UI looks great and easy to use, this should be an outstanding game based on the Halo universe.

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Ensemble Studios made Halo themed RTS made exclusively for X360! I'm sold.

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that's good, that'll give me some time to recover financially from the wave of awesome games that hit us in the last month and more, not to mention the wave of great games still coming in the next month

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this game is kind of lame

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Wow, flaming cars, a picture book, and a sticker. Sounds like every second graders dream. All for $20. Thinks Microsoft wants to milk this one?

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I hope Halo never comes to PS3! leave the xbox with the bad games... YO!!!!! :-) bad things lie ahead of me...!!

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haha! wow i really got shot down there!! (Not unexpected) i mean, PC rules.. Xbox fans are just jealous cos they got bad rts & fps :-) hahahaa!!! you cant honestly say that rts & fps's are better on console than pc. Mouse kicks the Analoge contollers BUM :-)

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RTS's usually don't work well on consoles, and from the other RTSs released, it's not a big hit on the xbox...

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Saw the gameplay previews at Gametrailers.com... RTS is NOT good on consoles & gamepads.

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santiagochile Posted Nov 6, 2008 7:58 pm PT Why is this in the Wii section?? I see no mention of the Wii in this article! Maybe it's in the Wii section because the Wii doesn't have much news or games up and coming. Don't really know.

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Looking forward to HALO Wars but my eyes are on Recon

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HaHa SOO many people are getting ma that it aint gunna be on pc, but hello people if you have watched any of the vids they specify that this is a game being MADE FOR A CONSOLE. SO it might just work better on a console than if they DO decide to release on PC.

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majinvegeta..if you don't want to know about it, why did you read the article and make a stupid comment on it? also to the guy that commented on ensemble ruining because they are closing...that is retarded. These guys take pride in their work, and they wouldn't want to put their name on something if they knew it wasn't their best.

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That's a fair amount of content for a special edition. I wonder if the bonus vehicle is any good.

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Im waiting 4 Halo Recon

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I'm looking foward to this. Hopefully it is good though.

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Don't forget we are talking about an Ensemble Studios' game... it's hard to believe that they would do a bad rts... even on a console

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I dunno you guys but i think they WILL gonna release in PC

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Another PC elitist displaying "platform prejudice." What a loser.

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RTS's were made for the PC and should be released at least "first", on the PC before bringing it to console. Bottom line, if it's not PC, I don't want to know about it.

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I have no interest in this game on console.

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Gamespot is quite dumb these days. They seriously need to up their game if they don't want more and more users leaving the site for good. I'm only here for the forums.

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Should be coming to the PC also. I ain't picking it up, RTS's ain't my thing.

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Why is this in the Wii section?? I see no mention of the Wii in this article!

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Yeah, I too wish this was coming for PC - I don't rate the controls on any console for an RTS - you NEED a mouse and keyboard. However, as long as it doesn't tank in the reviews, I'll be picking it up. The story, the character development and definitely those pre-rendered cutscenes all look amazing. It'll keep me sated for the time being considering we're not getting a Halo movie any time soon.

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Leaning towards agreeing with technowiz999 here. RTS' are normally better kept on PC unless turn based (SM Civ Rev), however, that being said I'm fairly sure this is going to be action, and not going to sell as well as most are thinking it will... Now Halo 4 on the other hand....... That might bring in a few stacks of cash...

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well $20 dollars for the collectors edition and it comes with the mythic pack. if you were to buy the mythic pack buy itself it would cost you $10. so technically, you would be paying only $10 extra for the collectors pack (if you planned on buying the mythic pack). and you get a cool new vehicle. not too bad, i've seen a hell of a lot worse collectors pack (such as prey's, Gear's 1, and couple other)

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If its not worthy for a PC then its not worthy to be considered an RTS...this is just a sub-par game sponging off the Halo franchise

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Dear Bungie, NEW FRANCHISE PLZ. Love, Me --------------- I don't care about Halo anymore. Yeah, all three of them were good, improving at least one facet every time and not really "messing up" any of the strengths, but the way the story turned out and the grade-school simplicity of the whole gameplay mechanics (especially when compared to CoD 4, which I'm not the biggest fan of) made me bored. But MS and Bungie know a cash cow when they see it, and will continue to milk it until it doesn't sell.

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I've always been skeptical of console RTS, but...this might just be alright. I'm going to be buying Red Alert 3 for the 360, so I might as well give Halo Wars a try.