Posted on April 15, 2008,

Typical Halo Wars Multiplayer Game to Last 20 Minutes


Now, I don’t want to go jumping to any dramatic conclusions based upon a single quote from’s interview with Ensemble Studios’ Graeme Devine. But Devine did once again suggest that the average multiplayer match in Halo Wars would last somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 minutes long. (A previous update on the Halo Wars website pegged the number as being between 15 and 30 minutes.) That leads me to think that Ensemble is really taking a different approach with Halo Wars that will work better as a console experience than simply porting a PC RTS game.

As for the control scheme, which is generally thought of as the major hurdle in making RTS games work on consoles, Devine believes Halo Wars controller setup is actually superior to a keyboard and mouse.

“We spent the first six months of the project looking at the controller and it could work with an RTS game. I think our control scheme actually works better than the keyboard/mouse combo and that we have really gotten past that barrier. I can’t wait for everyone to pick up the controller and try the game, I don’t think it will be possible to convince some people until after they try it.”

Devine didn’t sound particularly optimistic about there being a public beta, saying, “We’ve been focusing on our daily internal playtests and using that feedback loop and that allows us extremely fast iteration and testing of features.  At this point that kind of internal turnaround and feedback is still very useful to us so we’ve not looked beyond that.”

An RTS game that has multiplayer matches lasting 20 minutes and works better on a controller than on a keyboard/mouse? I can’t say I blame anyone for feeling skeptical, but I’m still optimistic. Maybe that’s just my Halo fanboyism seeping through, but I can’t help it.

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6 Comments on Typical Halo Wars Multiplayer Game to Last 20 Minutes


On April 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

RA3 is aming for 20 min matches aswell, whats your point? It’ll be alot better anyway, Halo’s getting so stale, C&C just seems to be eternal and its been quite a while since we had a new Red Alert!


On April 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Ah, the short attention span of console gamers. Wonderful.


On April 15, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I am very much looking forward to this game. :cool:

Go Marlins!!!!


On May 6, 2008 at 4:22 pm

This game is going to be sick,

halo IS GAMING!!


On May 15, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Well yea 20 minutes is good. If it was mutch longer we would get bored in a match that takes forever. I got Rise of legends and the 1 hour games bore me to death. I could not stand the game after 30 minutes.

Go Wings!!!


On June 10, 2008 at 9:55 am

:sad: :shock: :???: :shock: it wont b for computer?????
ibought a new computer for no reason??? :shock: :shock: :shock: :cry: :eek: :mad: