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  • Halo Wars hits one million sales worldwide

    Halo Wars has hit one million sales worldwide, making it the best selling strategy title for Xbox 360. Released last month, the game has attracted over 2.6 million multiplayer matches via XBL – 118 years of combined time, apparently – with an average of 200,000 users logging in to play daily. Press release after the […]

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  • Halo Wars spoiled completely in less than two minutes

    Gamesradar’s posted a video of all the cut-scenes in Halo Wars, giving you the game’s entire plot in 90 seconds. For the sake of clarity, this will spoil it for you. We strongly advise you do not hit the link if you’re in any way sensitive on the subject of Halo Wars’ plot. OK?

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  • Microsoft announces Halo Wars vid series

    Microsoft just announced a “Halo Wars: Universe Expanded” video series. It’s a three-part thing, showing how Halo Wars fits in with the rest of the Halo games. The first part’s available on March 2. Press release after the break. Halo Wars releases tomorrow.

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  • First Halo Wars reviews go live

    The Halo Wars review embargo just lifted, and pieces are starting to appear now. Eurogamer’s gone with 8/10, which is spot on as far as we’re concerned, having got our copy yesterday. There’ll be more soon, no doubt. If you want anything added, drop a link in the comments. The game, Ensemble’s last, ships on […]

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  • Robot Entertainment developing extra content for Halo Wars

    Robot Entertainment is developing extra content for Halo Wars, as well as providing community support for Age of Empires. The news was confirmed via press release this morning after word broke over the weekend that ex-Ensemble co-founder Tony Goodman had formed the new company. “The video game industry is in a state of upheaval,” explained […]

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  • January NPD: Halo Wars demo downloaded 2 million times in a week

    Microsoft confirmed in its post NPD statement this morning that the Halo Wars demo had been downloaded more than 2 million times in one week. The demo was released on February 5. The game itself, the last for developer Ensemble, launches for 360 on February 27. Day and date with Killzone 2, as was the […]

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  • Halo Wars demo now on Live

    Microsoft just posted the Halo Wars demo on Live. Go go go. Here’s the link if you want to queue it from the web. It’s 1Gb in size.

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  • Halo Wars movie shows scarabs going mental

    After the break. The RTS’s latest vidoc shows heaps of aliens fighting and men talking over the top. That simple. Doesn’t cost to look.

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  • Halo 3 Mythic map pack officially detailed

    After a slight leakage earlier this week, Microsoft’s finally decided to pop the bubble shield of silence surrounding Halo 3’s Mythic map pack. IGN has the scoop. Map descriptions are as follows: Sandbox — Combines large-scale vehicular combat with a limitless amount of Forge customization. Boasting a tiered, open-world layout, “Halo 3″ players will be […]

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  • Ensemble involved in Halo Wars' future

    Halo Wars lead producer Jason pace has to EG that a new company formed from the ashes of Ensemble will be taking care of aftercare for the console exclusive RTS. “Ensemble is, as I’m sure you know, forming a new company, and they will be helping us support the title moving forward, so: bug patches, […]

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  • Shelley: Two new studios to emerge from Ensemble

    Ensemble head Bruce Shelley’s made his final blog update before the studio closes, confirming that “at least” two new studios are to be born from the ashes. “There are at least two new studios being formed by ES employees and I expect both to do very well,” he said. “There were a lot of outstanding […]

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  • Halo Wars DLC a real possibility

    UK site Electricpig reports that the possibility of Halo Wars having some future downloadable content is a definite possibility. “Additional downloadable content is something we’re looking in to,” said Halo Wars producer Jason Pace. The statement comes somewhat as a surprise to us as all reports have suggested that Microsoft is to close Ensemble Studios […]

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  • Contests offer early access to Halo Wars demo

    Both Planet Xbox 360 and MLGPRO are offering early access to the Halo Wars demo, assuming you can’t wait until February 5 for the general release. Winning a code from either site means you’ll be able to get involved from January 29. That’s this Thursday. The game’s out later in February. Thanks, Joystiq.

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  • New Halo Wars images show tanks, Hunters, Banshees - looks great

    Below you can see twelve new Halo Wars images showing all the weapons and troops you will have at your disposal whether you choose to fight as Covenant or the marines. The images are super-sharp and look very good indeed for what is to be Ensemble’s first and last console RTS. Halo Wars went gold […]

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  • Halo Wars gold, demo confirmed for February 5

    Halo Wars is now gold, Microsoft’s announced, describing the RTS as “genre-defining”. The Live demo will release on February 5 prior to launch on February 27. Halo Wars is Ensemble’s last game: the studio will now close. A series of vidocs is to be released in the run up to the game’s release, the first […]

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  • Halo Wars review embargo lifts on February 20

    Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the Halo Wars review embargo will lift on February 20 at 2.00pm GMT. The Ensemble RTS is to be shown off at the Cabinet War Rooms in London next week, an event to include multiplay and developer interviews. Halo Wars will be the last Ensemble game before Microsoft closes the studio.

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  • Halo Wars soundtrack detailed

    Sumthing Else Music Works and Microsoft games studios have lifted the lid on the Halo Wars soundtrack which is scheduled for release Feb. 17, 2009. It will come on two discs, be over 50 minutes long and features performances by FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir Prague. “For Halo Wars I wanted to write music that fit […]

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  • Three new off-screen Halo Wars CES 09 videos posted

    After the break. Although many people think an RTS can’t be adequately done on a console, we must say, this does look rather special. Ensemble Studios’ swansong goes on sale Feb 27 in Europe with a demo due February 5. By Mike Bowden

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  • Halo Wars US release date not 28 February but March

    Right, this is the last Halo Wars release date story we’re doing – well, this week, anyway. It appears that Robbie’s Bach’s announcement that Halo Wars will ship in the US on February 28 was a mistake. The game wil ship at its original date of March 3, whilst the UK and Europe get theirs […]

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  • Halo Wars UK date still Feb 27, demo date also for Europe

    Microsoft has confirmed to videogaming247 that despite Microsoft’s announcement at CES 09 that Halo Wars has moved to February 28, the European date of the 27th remains unchanged. “On Halo Wars, the actual European release date is the 27th Feb,” said a spokesperson earlier today. The MS UK representative also confirmed to VG247 that the […]

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Halo Wars Latest

  • Shelley: Two new studios to emerge from Ensemble

    Ensemble head Bruce Shelley’s made his final blog update before the studio closes, confirming that “at least” two new studios are to be born from the ashes. “There are at least two new studios being formed by ES employees and I expect both to do very well,” he said. “There were a lot of outstanding […]

  • Halo Wars DLC a real possibility

    UK site Electricpig reports that the possibility of Halo Wars having some future downloadable content is a definite possibility. “Additional downloadable content is something we’re looking in to,” said Halo Wars producer Jason Pace. The statement comes somewhat as a surprise to us as all reports have suggested that Microsoft is to close Ensemble Studios […]

  • Contests offer early access to Halo Wars demo

    Both Planet Xbox 360 and MLGPRO are offering early access to the Halo Wars demo, assuming you can’t wait until February 5 for the general release. Winning a code from either site means you’ll be able to get involved from January 29. That’s this Thursday. The game’s out later in February. Thanks, Joystiq.

  • New Halo Wars images show tanks, Hunters, Banshees – looks great

    Below you can see twelve new Halo Wars images showing all the weapons and troops you will have at your disposal whether you choose to fight as Covenant or the marines. The images are super-sharp and look very good indeed for what is to be Ensemble’s first and last console RTS. Halo Wars went gold […]

  • Halo Wars gold, demo confirmed for February 5

    Halo Wars is now gold, Microsoft’s announced, describing the RTS as “genre-defining”. The Live demo will release on February 5 prior to launch on February 27. Halo Wars is Ensemble’s last game: the studio will now close. A series of vidocs is to be released in the run up to the game’s release, the first […]

  • Halo Wars review embargo lifts on February 20

    Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the Halo Wars review embargo will lift on February 20 at 2.00pm GMT. The Ensemble RTS is to be shown off at the Cabinet War Rooms in London next week, an event to include multiplay and developer interviews. Halo Wars will be the last Ensemble game before Microsoft closes the studio.

  • Halo Wars soundtrack detailed

    Sumthing Else Music Works and Microsoft games studios have lifted the lid on the Halo Wars soundtrack which is scheduled for release Feb. 17, 2009. It will come on two discs, be over 50 minutes long and features performances by FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir Prague. “For Halo Wars I wanted to write music that fit […]

  • Three new off-screen Halo Wars CES 09 videos posted

    After the break. Although many people think an RTS can’t be adequately done on a console, we must say, this does look rather special. Ensemble Studios’ swansong goes on sale Feb 27 in Europe with a demo due February 5. By Mike Bowden

  • Halo Wars US release date not 28 February but March

    Right, this is the last Halo Wars release date story we’re doing – well, this week, anyway. It appears that Robbie’s Bach’s announcement that Halo Wars will ship in the US on February 28 was a mistake. The game wil ship at its original date of March 3, whilst the UK and Europe get theirs […]

  • Halo Wars UK date still Feb 27, demo date also for Europe

    Microsoft has confirmed to videogaming247 that despite Microsoft’s announcement at CES 09 that Halo Wars has moved to February 28, the European date of the 27th remains unchanged. “On Halo Wars, the actual European release date is the 27th Feb,” said a spokesperson earlier today. The MS UK representative also confirmed to VG247 that the […]

  • Halo Wars release date and demo solidified

    By far the most popular piece of news to emerge from last night’s CES 09 Microsoft Keynote was that Ensemble’s 360 exclusive RTS, Halo Wars, will be released on February 28 with a demo scheduled to hit Live on on the 5th of the same month. Microsoft told the world last year that the US […]

  • Halo Wars – 46 new screens

    On CVG. Expect a promotional blitz on the Ensemble RTS in the coming weeks: it’s due for release on February 27.

  • Microsoft confirms Halo Wars release dates

    Microsoft’s confirmed RTS Halo Wars for release on February 27 in Europe and March 3 in the US. Apparently, if you pre-order, you can get some flame decals for your Warthog, which is as good a reason as any to do so, we reckon. This will be Esemble’s last title as Microsoft intends to close […]

  • Get Microsoft to ask Ensemble things about Halo Wars

    Gamerscoreblog’s asking for reader questions on Ensemble’s Halo Wars, so if there’s an issue burning a hole in your mind about the 360 RTS, now’s your time to pour water on it. Or something. There’s no news, OK? Thanks, X3F.

  • Yet more from Halo Wars preview events

    Just making sure you don’t miss the rest of the stuff from last week’s Halo Wars preview events in the US and Europe, following yesterday’s cavalcade. Hands on (IGN) Graeme Devine video interview (Gamespot, after the break) Graeme Devine interview (Kikizo) Halo Wars DLC already done (CVG) Game’s out next February.

  • Halo Wars: Hands ons, new screens, interviews, disbelief at Ensemble closure

    An embargo lifted on Halo Wars preview coverage this afternoon, unleashing a ton of new previews and interviews on the Ensemble 360 RTS. And here they are. New shots and art (IGN) “Even Ensemble Doesn’t Understand Their Closure” (Blue, via Shack) Ensemble: Microsoft made a mistake (D-Pad) Ensemble will have a successor (Videogamer) Hands on […]

  • Halo Wars to hit in February, CE to include Mythic map pack

    Microsoft’s confirmed that Halo Wars is to release in February. The Collector’s Edition will include the Halo 3 Mythic map pack, featuring three maps, a badge to sew on you knapsack and some other stuff you probably shouldn’t care about. More on Joystiq.

  • New Halo Wars trailer shows proper gameplay

    Well, lookie here. Ensemble 360 RTS Halo Wars is seen playable in proper direct-feed footage after the break, showing base-building, unit selection and some of your heavier weapons in action against the Covenant, such as carpet bombing and a freeze bomb thing. It does look cool, no question. There’s a bit of video right at […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Microsoft to close Ensemble after Halo Wars’ completion

    Update: There a copy of an email sent round to MGS staff this morning from Phil Spencer here. Microsoft has confirmed it is to close Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios following the completion of Halo Wars. Shacknews originally broke the story as a rumour, but Microsoft released a statement confirming the move overnight. And […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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

  • 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.