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Sep. 28th, 2006 @ 07:47 am HALO WARS
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Halo Wars:

The new game from Microsoft Studios.
Microsoft Game Studios announced Halo Wars, an all-new real-time strategy game based on the legendary Halo® universe and built exclusively for Xbox 360™ by Ensemble Studios, creators of the Age of Empires series.

In Halo Wars, take command of human UNSC armies as they deploy for mankind’s first deadly encounter with the enemy Covenant forces.

Microsoft Corp. thrilled attendees at its annual X06 event with dozens of announcements and gameplay experiences by inviting everyone to play the next generation now on the Xbox 360™ system.

The announcements highlight how the world's greatest game creators are stretching the bounds of what's possible in high definition and online storytelling.

This is exciting, a Halo RTS game being developed by Ensemble Studios. "Halo Wars" is a brand new saga in the Halo Universe that explores the time of first contact between the UNSC and Covenant Forces. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to control dozens of Warthogs and Scorpion tanks instead of just a single vehicle, your time has finally come.

Ensemble Studios has a rich heritage and expertise in the real-time-strategy genre through their extremely successful Age of Empires franchises on the PC. This latest endeavor has been designed from the ground up as an Xbox 360 title, with controls and interface specifically tuned for the needs of a console. The folks at Ensemble are the only team we trusted to make a Halo RTS and from what we've already seen (and played), it's going to be awesome. And yes, the controls do work great on a 360 pad.

Bungie has been working with Ensemble primarily in the area of the game's fiction to help inspire the story and ensure continuity with the existing Halo Universe. Aside from that, Ensemble is applying their skills to deliver a great Halo experience in a whole new genre, which is ironically where Halo began in the first place. If you've seen some of the very early Halo videos out there, you might recall that before it ever became an FPS, it was in fact designed as an RTS (building off of Bungie's experience with the Myth franchise). Now, many years later, Ensemble is able to take the franchise full circle and bring it back to the place where it all began.

This is so cool, I don't even know what to say. I am very excited.

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Date:September 28th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Dont forget to download the trailer!! Nice nice!!
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