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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looks nice, but there's way too much limited editions nowadays

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Killkill3 look up Starcraft 64. And an 8.7 for a RTS on console is deffinitly saying it isn't bad. Now if you compare them to PC yes, RTS on a PC is far better, but they did a wonderful jobs with the controls on both of them titles (even on Kane's Wrath but the units sucked in that game so it rated low).

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What do you mean Starcraft, that was PC exclusive and the C&C games were far better on the PC, they were never excellent on consoles

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Killkill3 - C&C and Starcraft beg to differ.

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Sweet. I will preorder this tonight when I pick up Gears 2.

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age of empires with guns and aliens..woopee

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Come on you deluding xbots, there is no way in hell this game is going to be any good on the 360, no RTS game has been good on a console EVER ok?????

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I think the Mythic Map Pack will cost 800 MS points (10$) alone, so for the other useless stuff, it is equal to 10$ too.

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oh man i already preodered it like last year i wonder if they will still let me get the free warthog code

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This game is going to suck, no doubt about it

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wtf giving free maps for the new maps coming next year? wtf is halo wars going to have halo 3 muti player on it to just like nub halo 3 recon?

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Booooring.

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Oh yeah!!! Now we all have an idea as to when the game and the bonus materials are coming out. I want to ride the sporting warthog and guard wraith, this...is...awsome!!!

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Hopefully they don't strip down the CE the way they did to Fable 2's, and that they don't have the other shennanigans that happened to Fable 2 (I'm still waiting for my stupid download code).

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lol i hope this comes out the same day as killzone 2

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If your going to get the Mythic pack and this, you might as well buy the special edition.

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I'm all for Limited/Collector's Editions and whatnot, but putting extra content for a separate game in the limited edition of this game is really blatant money milking..

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Sweet! Not so sure about the CE though, doesn't seem like it's worth the extra $20.

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Cuz Microsoft is full of money grubbing wussies. o.o

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why isnt it for the pc c&c was for the xbox 360 why not halo wars for the pc

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interesting

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Milked much?

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I like the in-game conntent because it only includes an extra vehicle and i comes with the Mythic Map Pack for those who don't buy Microsoft points. Not bad.

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OMG Honor Gaurd Wraith lolz,I want that real bad. Halo Wars is looking pretty good,and the fact that the makers of Age of Empires are the people behind it gives me some reassurance on that part,I might end up buying it because I don't have any strategy games for my 360--actually that or End War,let's wait and see which one's better,I already tried End War though and the voice command thing is AMAZINGLY accurate.

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Wow...so not worth it. /sarcasm

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Dang... I hate it when companies put in-game content into Limited/Preorder editions. Forces me to spend extra money to get the complete game, plus I end up with a plethora of extras that I don't need. I hope those vehicles can be bought with MP, so I can buy it later.

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I've never played a rts game before. Can someone recommend a good console one for beginners?

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Drools. Gets in car to drive to gamestop to pre-order.

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what jim brag said. i might have to pimp the spirit of fire patch at work.

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Limited Edition is getting my vote. :D

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Psh, Map Packs..."Spirt of Fire" patch is where it's at.

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Why would they put the map pack in a completely different game...considering the pack is $80, that just seems like a way to justify another $10 more on a CE

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Man... It's gonna be for ever till that Mythic Map pack is released...