Halo Wars: Bungie saw project as ‘whoring out the franchise’

Thursday, 27th September 2012 10:26 GMT By Nick Akerman

Halo Wars may not have been original, but it put a neat spin on Microsoft’s well-known franchise. For Ensemble Studios, it was never meant to be a Halo game. Founder Tony Goodman has spent time discussing the difficult situation faced by his team.

Goodman called Halo Wars a “really fantastic, under-recognized product,” but also had some harsh words for Microsoft.

“Microsoft was pretty risk averse and they said, ‘I don’t know if we want to take the risk of creating strategy games on a console. We’d feel better if Halo were attached to it.’ The difficult part of that was it took the game back about a year in development, and I think it never quite turned out the same. They just said, ‘Why don’t you just paint over what you have with Halo stuff?’ But things aren’t quite that simple.”

Goodman also commented on the friction between Ensemble and Bungie. He suggests the Halo creators didn’t take kindly to its IP being used elsewhere.

“Another problem was that Bungie was never up for it… Bungie was kind of sore about the idea. What they called it was ‘the whoring out of our franchise’ or something. Yeah, that didn’t create a great relationship between us and Bungie; they viewed us as someone infringing [on their franchise].”

How Ensemble produced a game of Halo Wars’ quality under such pressure is baffling.

Goodman’s full interview is scheduled to go live on GI tomorrow.



  1. The_Red

    Well, at least MS helped destroyed Ensemble before they became another modern Lionhead or Rare… wait.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    I did like halo wars, it did played great with great controls and graphics, a shame we arent going to get a second one T_T

    #2 2 years ago
  3. aseddon130

    With the likes of Universe At War for PC / 360 not doing very much for RTS on consoles, i can understand them wanting to put a product on it, Halo is as good as any to put on it as it was originally supposed to be an RTS wasn’t it?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. LuLshuck

    One thing i always wanted to know is what ever happened to this footage of the game it looked so fucking good

    #4 2 years ago

    I thought Halo Wars was amazing. The SP was probably the only story I was actually interested in getting to the end of since I’ve been a gamer.

    I thought the whole package was a solid 9/10 game that warranted a whole bunch of sequels.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Pokeh

    “Related posts: Bungie “very excited” about Halo Wars”

    Wat. So which is it?

    #6 2 years ago

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