New“Halo Wars” Video Series Examines Expanded“Halo” Universe

LONDON– 26th FEBRUARY 2009:“Halo Wars” sets the stage for one of the most beloved video game conflicts to date: Humanity’s struggle to save the universe from annihilation at the hands of a relentless consortium known as the Covenant. In a new video series from Microsoft,“Halo Wars: Universe Expanded” examines this epic story which spans across four game titles. With insight from creators, critics and the franchise’s biggest fans, this series told in three acts illustrates why“Halo Wars” is such an important chapter in the“Halo” timeline.

Act 1 draws deeply on the story and art elements that make up“Halo” and how they are presented in“Halo Wars” and previous titles starring Master Chief. This required viewing for all“Halo” fans titled“Universe Expanded: Act I” is available for download on Xbox.com/Halo and on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, with subsequent acts following the week of 2nd March.

“Halo Wars” is rated 16+ PEGI, and is available in Europe on the 27th February. A demo is now available on Xbox LIVE in all LIVE enabled regions worldwide. For more information, visit Xbox.com/Halo or HaloWars.com.

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