''Real Time Strategy games are generally not a genre that easily translates over to consoles. With all of the complexity that RTS games bring with them and the constant need for hotkeys and shortcuts that can only be provided by a keyboard, it's no surprise that it's a genre that primarily keeps its roots set on the PC front. However, the good people over at Ensemble Studios are looking to change all that, and what better franchise to do it with than the Halo series.
Halo Wars is a Real Time Strategy game that has been specifically designed with the Xbox 360 in mind, and based on what we saw and played at E3, Ensemble has somehow taken a puzzle piece from a different puzzle and made it fit into their own.
While all questions regarding the story of Halo Wars were answered with a response of "We can't talk about that yet," what we do know is that it is a prequel to the Halo series that takes place in the year 2531, 21 years before the events of the original Halo. The main campaign will focus on the war of the UNSC against the Covenant and will feature all new characters and units on both sides of the war. The representatives from Ensemble were tight lipped about whether or not the Flood would be a third race, but they did hint that they could perhaps be a non playable race that you might encounter in the campaign.''