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Halo Wars add-on, Strategic Options, confirmed and detailed

Tuesday, 21st April 2009 15:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Microsoft just confirmed a first Halo Wars add-on, titled Strategic Options.

It’s to release in the “coming weeks”. It’ll include the following:

  • Keepaway Mode is the “Halo Wars” adaptation of Capture the Flag. Teams will battle it out to capture a free-roaming Forerunner Sentinel to score points before the other team. Capture three sentinels to claim victory.
  • Tug of War Mode is all about having a stronger army than the opponent. Defeating enemies is essential, but success is determined by a combination of the army, buildings and resources left standing in the end.
  • In Reinforcement Mode, all active battle units are provided in successive waves. Players must adapt their tactics and use the ever-changing set of units to outwit and outlast the enemy.

There’s new Achievements in there as well. Get the full lot after the break.

“Strategic Options” Game Add-on Pack Delivers Dynamic New Gameplay to “Halo Wars”

“Halo Wars,” the best selling real-time strategy game on any current generation console, mixes up the battlefield like never before with the “Strategic Options” Game Add-on Pack, available in the coming weeks exclusively on Xbox 360.

“Strategic Options” ushers in the next wave of battle for “Halo Wars” fans with three new game modes which dramatically change the multiplayer experience and challenge players to rethink their battle tactics. The three new modes include:

· Keepaway Mode is the “Halo Wars” adaptation of Capture the Flag. Teams will battle it out to capture a free-roaming Forerunner Sentinel to score points before the other team. Capture three sentinels to claim victory.

· Tug of War Mode is all about having a stronger army than the opponent. Defeating enemies is essential, but success is determined by a combination of the army, buildings and resources left standing in the end.

· In Reinforcement Mode, all active battle units are provided in successive waves. Players must adapt their tactics and use the ever-changing set of units to outwit and outlast the enemy.

“Strategic Options” also adds four new Achievements worth a total of 100 points:

· “One and Done” (30 points): Score the winning point in a game of Keepaway against Legendary A.I.’s

· “Pull Hard, Pull Deep” (20 points): Win and never trail in a Tug of War game

· “Freak on a Streak” (20 points): Gain at least 15 population from a single wave in a Reinforcement game

· “Living Loving Bug” (30 points): Obtain a Scarab during a Reinforcement game

More information on “Strategic Options” including release date and pricing will be available soon. “Halo Wars” is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and 16+ PEGI and is available worldwide. A demo is also available on Xbox LIVE in all LIVE enabled regions worldwide. For more information including screenshots from the “Strategic Options” Add-on, visit Xbox.com/Halo or HaloWars.com.

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7 Comments

  1. Lutz

    w00t!

    Edit: Any word on pricing, or will this be a freebie (lol?)

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Truk

    OMG I bet this was already on the disc they’re stealing our souls etc etc.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    Cool!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Lutz

    Also, from Halowars.com, they’ve release more info about the upcoming rebalance patch. Worth shoving into the article Pat?

    ——–
    The Covenant Vampire is getting a boost in the patch, with its attack damage being buffed by 15% with every upgrade. It’s health bonus and the special attack still remain a part of the upgrades.

    The UNSC Leader Professor Anders is getting a slight whack with the nerf bat as well. Her Unique Unit upgrade, the Hawk, is being made more expensive, going from 900 to 1350 supplies. In addition, her Cryo Bomb upgrades are also going up by 50% at every level.
    ——–

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Which of the Ensemble offshoots is developing this?

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Lutz

    Bad Robot.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    Robot Entertainment? Bad Robot is someone else. :)

    #7 6 years ago

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