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Halo Wars Demo Now on Marketplace

Updated February 5, 2009

Created from the ground up for the Xbox 360® console and controller, the real-time strategy game 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.

Command military units from the Halo universe.

Command military units from the Halo universe.

The result is a commanding experience that is a must-have for Halo fans and a title that is sure to become a classic among fans of strategy games.

Demo Details
The demo for Halo Wars will land on Marketplace on February 5 at 2:00 A.M. Pacific Time for Gold members (Silver members can get the demo on February 12).

One of the perks of Gold membership
is early access to game demos.

Explore 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 includes the multiplayer map Chasms.

The demo includes the multiplayer map Chasms.

The demo also includes Chasms, one of the Halo Wars 14 multiplayer maps, where you can battle it out in Skirmish mode vs. A.I. Play as either 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!

Browse Halo Wars content on Marketplace.


Jump into this exciting new strategy game.

Jump into this exciting new strategy game.

Game Details
Halo Wars is an exciting strategy game exclusive to Xbox 360. In campaign mode, command the armies of the UNSC warship Spirit of Fire, with familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. Halo Wars immerses you in an early period of the storied Halo universe, allowing you to experience events leading up to the first Halo title for Xbox.

Video Documentary
As you eagerly wait for launch day, a video documentary series announced today will explore defining themes of Halo Wars and give you 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.

Halo Wars ViDoc 2Video Documentary Two
The development team discusses the creation of new units and weapon effects.
Halo Wars ViDoc 1Video Documentary One
Watch the developers explain the game's controls, perspective, and strategy.

The Halo Wars video documentary is also available for download from Marketplace.


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