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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 […]

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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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