Report – Microsoft testing Project S strategy game [UPDATE]

Thursday, 8th July 2010 15:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Update: Looks like it’s something to do with actual Spartans and not a Halo related game, according to this piece of art and further confirmation from Examiner.

Original: A survey sent out by Microsoft has the firm enlisting alpha testers for what it describes as a “groundbreaking,” “giant, revolutionary step for PC strategy games”.

Being called “Project S” at the moment, the game has been in testing for a few weeks, and some of the original players let slip the “S” in the title stands for Spartan – leading outsiders to believe it’s set in the Halo universe.

However, it could also have something to do with historical Spartans, instead of sci-fi soldiers running around shooting Covenant enemies. Considering it’s being rumored that Robot Entertainment is the developer behind Project S, either one is likely.

Formed by ex-Ensemble studios members, Robot has been working on what it calls “Game 1″ for Microsoft Game Studios for quite some time, with folks on Robot’s forums assuming it’s Age of Empires IV or Halo Wars 2.

Kotaku suggests it could be a Games for Windows port of Halo Wars, and since Robot Entertainment staffers worked on both the Halo RTS and the AoE franchise, again, either one is possible.

According to Microsoft’s survey, the Project S Alpha is planned to run for a month or two, so hopefully we’ll know more once it ends.

In the meantime, we’ll ask Robot.



  1. Syrok

    The S could also stand for strategy. ^.^

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    Natal for PC?

    EDIT: Sorry, “Kinect”

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Freek

    Not Secret at all.

    Cartoon Age of Empires, not that revolutionairy then.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DaMan

    AoE Kinect, could’ve turned out good.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Ge0force

    Halo Wars would be a revolutionary step down for PC strategy games tbh :)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    @3 Funny how the original post never mentioned Robot Entertainment to begin with.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. loki

    @5 PC NERD detected, Halo Wars much interesting and better than all PC RTS for last 5 years

    Art look suck’s, MS – full idiots to continuing support PC games

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Artheval_Pe

    loki will never change. Your ignorance of the RTS genre is laughable, sir.

    Halo Wars is the worst game Ensemble has developed, for your information.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Happy Hardon Harry

    loki, what’s that on the floor? Oh, it’s your dummy!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    @7 Your bias actually calling out bias is shallow and pedantic just like Lois’ meatloaf :p

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Galactic_Barret

    Meatloaf is trash.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Freek

    I’d bett it’s a browser based free to play micro transaction based RTS with some stat tracking and leveling.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. LOLshock94

    i like xbox more then PC but halo wars if the shitess RTS ive ever played its basicly a RTS for noobs but the best has to be demi god on PC truely amazing and im a lil confused is this the game which crytec showed which was published by MS????

    #13 5 years ago

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