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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Halo Wars vs. Halogen

Ensemble studios in association with Bungie and Microsoft has recently announce that they will be producing a RTS (Real Time Strategy) game based on the Halo ip. A lot of people are cheering for this new iteration of halo. I am not one of them, let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time there was a small independent developer named Slipstream Productions they had made a name for themselves in the Mod community by producing quality mods. Than one day (sometime in 2003) the guys a slipstream decided "Hey we should make a mod for Command and Conquer: Generals using all the halo stuff" Since there was no Halo RTS at this point they went ahead and started work on the mod. They would spend the next three years developing skins and new mechanics that looked amazing. Fast forward to 2006 after 3 years of development there was a knock at Slipstream's door. It was Microsoft's lawyers with a cease and desist order saying that they must stop whatever they are doing with "Halogen" and take down all publicity that they had for the upcoming mod. Reluctantly and with a heavy heart Slipstream complied and trashed everything they had to do with "Halogen". Why would Msoft put a stop to something that only could have strengthened the Halo brand? Because they realised that there was a market for a Halo RTS and why should anyone else get a piece of their pie. So Msoft is now coming out with a Halo RTS and the kids are going ape shit for it.

Good 'ole Microsoft always beating down the little guy. Oh did I mention that this RTS will be available on the Xbox 360. I wonder if Microsoft realises that to play an RTS effectively you need a mouse and a keyboard.

Ssshhhh that will be our little secret.


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Blogger FabreFaction said...

MonopolySoft will continue to protect its IP in any way it sees fit.
Yes, the kids will go mad for it, 'cause the kids have 360's not PCs.
I imagine that the RTS that MSoft produce will be a simplified and heavily automated affair that anyone with one functioning braincell can get their heads round, not a heavy, deep, involving RTS like we're used to on the PC.
I suppose the question is.......... do the kids want to play something that will take them months to master, or something they can jump into in 10 minutes???????

3:57 p.m.  
Blogger omnina├»f said...

Good post.

5:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Raven said...

Wow, another example of msoft pushing the little guy out of the picture so they can get hard over their 360 fanboys and the money they make of being peddos, for shame msoft, and just for that i might have to pirate some games for windows or put linux on any 360 i get ahold of.... wouldn't that get msoft in a mood? Having open source software on their biggest wad-making machine yet ^_^

6:25 a.m.  

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