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  • Halo Wars and voice comms wouldn't be a good mix, says EndWar boss

    Voice controls wouldn’t work with Ensemble RTS Halo Wars, EndWar boss Michael de Plater has told VG247, as it’s too complex a game. “I don’t even know that voice command would even be a very good solution for that style of game because the complexity of what you have to do is so much higher, […]

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  • A Halo MMO would be "pretty challenging" - Bungie

    Speaking to GI at TGS, Bungie PR boss Brian Jarrard has claimed that Bungie only had a vague idea anyone was working on a Halo MMO, and that creating one would be “pretty challenging” thanks to the necessary creation of “a whole new layer of fiction” in the Halo universe. “They are like our lunchtime […]

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  • Ensemble would have survived if Microsoft had confidence in PC sales, says de Plater

    Ubisoft Shanghai creative director Michael de Plater has said he believes Microsoft would have kept Ensemble Studios running if the firm has real confidence in PC games sales. “I think it’s terrible, really a shame that Ensemble’s been shut,” he told VG247. “It’s really a bit of a shock… It just speaks of the problems […]

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  • TGS: Halo Wars off-screen gameplay videoalised

    IGN’s posted up three off-screen videos of Halo Wars being played at Tokyo Game Show today. You should watch them. They’re good quality and show the RTS’s controls as well as plenty of gameplay. A few new shots here for you as well. Out in the first quarter of next year.

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  • Ensemble shows Halo Wars' back-story

    GTTV’s published a back-story trailer to RTS Halo Wars, showing some snowy goings on in the up-run to Ensemble’s swansong. Some phenomenal CGI, there, as you’d expect. Game’s out in the first quarter. After the break.

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  • First Halo Wars footage releases this Saturday

    GameTrailers TV is to show the first proper in-game footage on Saturday morning, at 1am EST. Apparently there’s going to be an interview with the Ensemble chaps about the fact the sudio’s going to be shut down after the game ships, so there’s two reasons to watch it. More on X3F.

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  • More Halo MMO concepts released

    On Kotaku. If you’ve missed this, they’re images from an Ensemble Halo MMO that was seemingly canned in 2007. We’re guessing it’s too much to ask for a leaked alpha client?

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  • Halo MMO concept image blow-out

    We’ve just been dropped a link to this Flickr set, which appears to be a ton of concept imagery to something called Titan, apparently an “Ensemble Games prototype; 2005-2007.” Yep, this would appear to be the canned Ensemble Halo MMO Gama broke earlier. Fill your boots.

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  • Ensemble Studios' cancelled project was Halo MMO, screenshots included

    Update: A ton of concept images from the game have been posted on Flickr by “goneisgone”. See them here. Gama’s reporting that Ensemble’s cancelled game was a Halo MMO. From the piece: Following the recent announcement that Microsoft-owned Age Of Empires creator Ensemble Studios would close after the completion of Halo Wars, Gamasutra has discovered […]

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  • Jacobs: "I look at Ensemble closing as being a terrible thing"

    Speaking to Gamespot, Mythic boss Mark Jacobs has said he sees the recent Ensemble closure as a “terrible thing,” but that his studio has been careful to guard against “mistakes.” “I look at Ensemble closing as being a terrible thing,” he said. “I love their games. But it should be no more of a message, […]

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  • Ensemble closure won't stop Halo Wars "kicking ass," says Devine

    Halo Wars writer Graeme Devine has told MTV that Ensemble’s closure won’t effect Halo Wars’ quality. Just so you know. “We will finish Halo Wars and it continues to be a kick ass game,” he said. “The reaction at PAX was something else to see, it was the first time I’d seen a fan response […]

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  • Halo Wars box-shot and new screens released

    Leipzig’s the show that keeps on giving. Microsoft’s put out the pack-shot and a few new screens of Ensemble’s Halo Wars, as you can see on Joystiq, in celebration that Games Convention happened last week. That’s it. Get strategising. In space. Game’s out early next year.

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  • Bungie "very excited" about Halo Wars

    Bungie told Eurogamer at Develop today that Ensemble 360 RTS Halo Wars is coming on well, thank you very much. “Everything we’ve seen has been very, very encouraging – we’re very excited about it. And of course, [Halo Wars is] also getting right the basics, the general roles – even fictionally,” said Bungie AI man […]

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  • IGN goes hands-on with Halo Wars

    IGN – or “E3Avalanche.com” as it’s now known – has posted up hands-on impressions of Halo Wars, the first to do so as far as we know. Snip: Take the level we played through. It’s a Forerunner-inspired battlefield with the UNSC camped in one corner of the map and the Covenant hiding in the other. […]

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  • Halo Wars slips to 09, new screenshots and video released

    1UP is reporting that Halo Wars has slipped until the first half of 2009, which is a shame. However, X3F has got some rather tart looking screenshots of the game and here’s a link to a brand new trailer. We were looking forward to that, too. Oh well. By Mike Bowden

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  • New Halo Wars trailer shows five years of hell

    After the break. Ensemble RTS Halo Wars was a complete no-show in the Microsoft E3 press conference last night, so hopefully we’ll get to see more from the showfloor later today. This trailer’s CG-only.

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  • New Halo Wars screens and art released

    On X3F. The Ensemble RTS will almost certainly make an appearance in the Microsoft conference tonight, so whet your appetite with this lot.

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  • Halo Wars looks "a hell of a lot better" than it did last year

    Speaking to 1UP, Ensemble lead designer Dave Pottinger has made no bones about the fact that the Halo RTS we’re going to see at E3 next week has had a major visual boost compared to the movie shown off last year. “I think it would look a hell of a lot better,” he said when […]

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  • "Several" Halo Wars demo stations at E3, says Ensemble

    Ensemble’s said today that Halo Wars will have “several” demo stations at E3, which is a good thing. We think. This hopefully means it’s playable. The studio’s been flaky on whether or not the game will be in proper action at the show in the past few weeks, so this is a the sign we’ve […]

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  • Four new Halo Wars shots released

    On GamersHell. All of sudden this looks much better, and it looked good before, so that’s double good. Do want. It’s being shown at E3, out next year. Take a look.

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