Microsoft and Ensemble’s upcoming real-time strategy game, Halo Wars, has reached the gold status today and is fully complete. The game will be releasing in stores on March 3rd in the US, with a demo arriving on February 5th.
They’ve released some new screenshots of the demo, which you can view in our gallery. Hit the jump for the press release.
Genre Defining Xbox 360 Exclusive â€œHalo Warsâ€ Goes Gold
New video documentary series and Xbox LIVE demo details revealed
Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios announced today that â€œHalo Wars,â€ the highly anticipated action strategy game based on the legendary â€œHaloâ€ universe, is finished and sent to manufacturing! Created from the ground up for the Xbox 360 console and controller, â€œHalo Warsâ€ combines a peerless control scheme and gameplay with an incredibly rich, epic story set 20 years prior to the story told in â€œHalo: Combat Evolved.â€ The result is a commanding experience that is a must-have for â€œHaloâ€ fans and a title that is sure to become a classic amongst fans of strategy games.
As fans eagerly await launch day, a video documentary series announced today will explore defining themes of â€œHalo Warsâ€ and give viewers a behind the scenes look at the gameâ€™s development and some of the people involved in its creation. The premier episode captures key elements that frame â€œHalo Warsâ€ gameplay: the controls, perspective and strategy. The â€œHalo Warsâ€ video documentary is available for download on Xbox LIVE and can be viewed at Xbox.com/Halo.
In addition, the recently announced Xbox LIVE public demo for â€œHalo Warsâ€ will be available beginning on Feb. 5 at 2 a.m. PST in Xbox LIVE enabled regions worldwide. In the demo, players will be able master Ensembleâ€™s groundbreaking control scheme in optional beginner and advanced tutorials or jump right into the action to experience the beginning of the â€œHalo Warsâ€ story with the first two campaign missions. The demo will also include â€œChasms,â€ one of â€œHalo Warsâ€™â€ 14 multiplayer maps, wherein players can battle it out in Skirmish mode vs. A.I., playing either as the UNSC with Captain Cutterâ€™s leader powers, or as the Covenant with the Prophet of Regretâ€™s own unique abilities. Donâ€™t forget to set your Xbox to download this demo!
â€œHalo Warsâ€ is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and 16+ PEGI, and will be available starting Feb. 26 in Asia, Feb. 27 in Europe and March 3 in the Americas. For more information, visit Xbox.com/Halo or HaloWars.com.