Halo Wars Marches to Stores in…March.

8 12 2008

Bungie and Microsoft announced the official U.S. release date for March 3rd, 2009.  This is actually a push-back from the original date of February 26th (which is still the launch date for Japan) and the 27th (Europe), but it’s still good news as it’s not that much of a delay.  

Whether or not this is an appeasement to those who typically get shafted in later release dates for major western franchises, who knows, but it’s nice to see them get something a little earlier, especially Europe.  

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Halo Wars is created by Ensemble Studios (the teams who brought you Age of Empires), so they know what they are doing when it comes to console (and PC, for that matter) warfare strategy games.  While I’m personally looking forward to this release (OtakuDad is a big fan of games like AoE and StarCraft/WarCraft), I’m even more curious to see what kind of people end up buying this game, if many do at all.

Obviously the Halo fanbase to date, has been big console FPS fans, and asking those twitch-gamers to switch to something more methodical and strategy-based may be a stretch to the “every-year-I-get-the-new-Madden” crowd that typically consumes these types of online shooters.  

On the other side of the coin, hardcore strategy types will likely give Halo Wars little notice, as there are many other worthwhile titles in that genre, Blizzard’s Starcraft 2, not withstanding.  

Still, Ensemble knows its Real Time Strategy games, and they’ve done quite well in the past porting that typically PC experience to consoles, so I think we’ll have a lot to look forward to.  I’ll definitely be reviewing this game in March (and earlier if I can get my hands on a review copy), so look forward to that in the future.

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