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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Not for PC? But this is an RTS!! Lame...

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Not particularly interested in a really blah looking RTS.

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The collectors edition looks really sweet. It stinks that they are closing the company though, i allways thought that age of empires would be cool on the 360.

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I thought the Mythic pack was six maps.

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I don't know about it. I mean, if a company was still working on the game when they were told they were closing the studio, wouldn't some idiots think they should go ahead and ruin their current project? I'm afraid that might have happend.

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*imagines the Halo theme song remixed with the Age of Empires theme song...

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nice collectors edition

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derrrr... i'm a console idiot. Wow... a little self righteous are we?

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eh im still skeptical this could either be really good or really bad in my opinion ill wait for the review

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I have not a single 360

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meh

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@count_shleif ya but this is the first RTS being made for consoles so the controls are being made for the console. Its not like its being ported and the developer has to figure out how to map all the keyboard commands onto a controller.

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this better come out for PC soon after the 360 release, i dont like the idea of an RTS on a console

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Not to be trolling, I just wanted to see if any PS3 people were trolling, but how come a 360 owner CAN compare a RTS to a FPS (Red Way), but a PS3 owner CANT compare a RTS to a FPS (Danteh)? Doesnt make sense, but this is a 360 article so whatever.

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Very average Collector, but i'll still get it of course!

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Never liked stratagy games, but this one caught my eye.

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Weell it is about time they said when we could buy this game. It's been like forever sence we herd about it. At any rate I'll rent this game and see if I like it enough to buy.

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More Halo!

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@Danteh way to go comparing and RTS with an FPS, well thats the case since killzone 2 is crap compared to the other halo games.Way to go halo killer. Halo Wars FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Honor Guard Wraith?

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Hmm I might get the collectors, the graphic novel sounds pretty cool and I want the cool warthog

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this is actually a very tempting collector's edition, for a change.

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Can't say I'm terribly excited, but I will definitely rent it

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Awesome! I will pre ordering, and getting the downloadable warthog and the such...

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Sweet! I wasn't sure about getting Halo Wars at first but awhile back I decided it looks really good. This LE looks great to. We won't have to buy the Mythic map pack later on to. That's $10 right there.

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I'll probably just get the code off the internet (i want the warthog tho), and im definitely gettin the legendary edition, but i want to kno, do the Mythic Maps come on Halo WArs or is there a way you get them to Halo 3? it sounds like its on Halo WArs, which is wierd

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This game is probably gonna be good...but I'd much rather play an RTS on the PC...

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Cant Wait.

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I wouldn't preorder this game, it's one of those situations that could go either way, by that I mean either suck or just be ok, I doubt this game will be anything special..

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Lolz don't talk about killzone 2 on a page dedicated to anything Halo, you'll just get an epic BLAM!!!

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I am hoping this game is going to be good. This is one of the few games I am going to pre-order.

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i think that's worth the extra 20 bucks if you ask me

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i cant wait for this game...

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epic

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Danteh, because we all know killzone 1 was as good as it was said to be. f***in idiot

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sweeeeeeet

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I hope they put extra effort in it, knowing it was the last game they were going to make (as emsemble studios that is).

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Good Stuff, cant wait....I usually dont get collector editions but this one will be worth it for sure. LE for me this time.

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killzone 2 is doomed:) change the release date sony

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-d3emondav3- im sure there are separate teams that work on game development vs marketing...thus releasing cool toys like this has zero effect on the games finished product. Im pretty stoked about this limited edition, Seems like a great deal to me :) if you dont think its cool just get the basic one :P

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That's a pretty cool bonus edition. It's nice to know that at least somebody isn't giving us crappy DVDs that people will watch once. Except Halo 3's LE disc was pretty cool, I watched that one twice.

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i think its great that the developers will still support it after they close the place.

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wow, sounds nice!!!!

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id get it for the new maps alone really

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Why would anyone want the limited edition? The Wraith sounds cool,but the cards are pointless, the novel is ok, and the Spirit of Fire patch is lame. Poeple should focus on amking the game great, not giving colectible junk.

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oh yeah starcraft 64 lolz, completely forgot about that game, though I still occasionally play starcraft on PC, such an awesome classic