Halo Wars dated for February '09

Who cares about Halo when you have Gears to play? And it’s an RTS! Double snore. Heh.

Today, Ensemble and Microsoft Game Studios announced that Halo Wars will launch in February with a regular retail and Limited Collector’s Edition version for $60 and $80, respectively. This announcement fails to note that Ensemble will dissolve after Halo wars launches. It’s sad, really.

The LCE will include:

Three New “Halo 3” Multiplayer Maps – Be one of the first to experience the Mythic Map Pack from Bungie which includes three new maps, “Assembly,” “Orbital” and “Sandbox”

Halo Wars: Genesis – a beautiful graphic novel by Phil Noto, Graeme Devine and Eric Nylund chronicling the first military campaign against the Covenant. The novel centers around the Sprit of Fire on a mission to discover why the Covenant are so interested in the world of Harvest

Unique In-game Vehicle – “Honor Guard” Wraith

Six Leader Cards – Leaders possess elite skills which can turn the tides of battle

Spirit of Fire Patch – Start the journey as an official Spirit of Fire crew member

As is the case with most pre-orders you’ll get something extra for your fanboyism in the form of a special in-game Warthog with flaming decals. Joy.