Halo Wars Goes Gold

January 23, 2009

Halo Wars Goes Gold

New video documentary series and
Xbox LIVE demo details revealed

Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble
Studios announced today that “Halo Wars,” the highly anticipated action strategy
game based on the legendary “Halo” universe, is finished and sent to
manufacturing! Created from the ground up for the Xbox 360 console and
controller, “Halo Wars” combines a peerless control scheme and gameplay with an
incredibly rich, epic story set 20 years prior to the story told in “Halo:
Combat Evolved.” The result is a commanding experience that is a must-have for
“Halo” 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 “Halo
Wars” and give viewers a behind the scenes look at the game’s development and
some of the people involved in its creation. The premier episode captures key
elements that frame “Halo Wars” gameplay: the controls, perspective and
strategy. The “Halo Wars” video documentary is available for download on Xbox
LIVE and can be viewed at Xbox.com/Halo.

Click here to download the new Halo Wars video.

In addition, the recently announced
Xbox LIVE public demo for “Halo Wars” 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 Ensemble’s groundbreaking control scheme in optional beginner and
advanced tutorials or jump right into the action to experience the beginning of
the “Halo Wars” story with the first two campaign missions. The demo will also
include “Chasms,” one of “Halo Wars’” 14 multiplayer maps, wherein players can
battle it out in Skirmish mode vs. A.I., playing either as the UNSC with Captain
Cutter’s leader powers, or as the Covenant with the Prophet of Regret’s own
unique abilities. Don’t forget to set your Xbox to download this demo!

“Halo Wars” 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.