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Microsoft targets German market with Halo Wars

A Microsoft executive has revealed that Halo Wars, the recently announced Xbox 360 RTS from Ensemble Studios, is being developed specifically with the European market in mind.

Speaking to Eurogamer, at Microsoft's post-X06 party, the executive conceded that although the company is extremely pleased with how the 360 has performed so far, the console could still use a further push in certain territories. And Halo Wars, which is being developed at the studio behind blockbuster series Age of Empires, could be the answer.

"It's for the Germans," the exec confided. "We think this genre of game is perfectly suited to Germany, northern and eastern Europe. It illustrates our desire to release games that are appropriate for gamers in all markets."

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Trickedbullet3857d ago

Does this mean that the game will force you to smack the covenant with fancy leather gloves and laugh? Will it even be coming to the STates? How can you make the game for all audiences? I dont think that games meant for older children and adults need to be dumbed down with less blood or gore. Like Medal of honor games. I thought WW2 was a bloody war, yet they manage to make the horrors of war children safe... go figure. NOw they might do it for Halo. Wow that sucks.

Sidherich3856d ago

If they actually mean it that way then it would tell alot about this game.

Was attending this years GCDC ( Games Convention Developer Conference ) and was sitting in a presentation called "Made in Germany" that was showing a few games that were successfull in germany. Spellforce was a RTS/RPG mix and Settlers II (remake) was a RTS game with high emphasis on economy building.

The developers mentioned several times that the main difference between german developed games and internationally developed games was that german players loved to handle details.

Like in settlers you have to build a farm in order to grow grain. then you have to bring that grain to a windmill in order to make flour. that flour plus some water goes to a bakery which makes bread that will then be used to feed a miner mining ore and coal. This then goes to a new building that makes steel from this. The steel finally will be used to make swords for the soldiers or tools for craftsmans (like that farmer).

While i dont think that you have to grow grain in order to fight the enemy i do think a "german oriented" game would need a ressource cycle that is more than just "Mine for Gold" -> "Buy Vehicle".

Incidently Age of Empires had a ressource cycle that needed several items in order to build buildings or units.

malachi233856d ago

This makes sense, Xbox360 is'nt as big as it could be in Germany...from what i hear it's not doing too well there atm.