Halo Wars left most of the audience scratching their heads when it was first unveiled at X06 in 2006. With games like Gears of War, Mass Effect, and Bioshock being shown off, it was easy to overlook the Halo spin-off nobody asked for. Gamers were also wondering what a real-time strategy game was doing on a console like the Xbox 360 instead of PC.
Halo Wars released two years later to positive reviews for its addicting gameplay and superb controls. We’re now in 2016 and awaiting the release of Halo Wars 2, the long-awaited sequel due next year in development by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly.
Offering a taste of the soundtrack, composer Gordy Haab and Finishing Move (Brian Trifon & Brian Lee White) have put up two official tracks on the Xbox site. They, along with audio director Paul Lipson, also provided some of their thoughts on the upcoming strategy game and how they’re looking to honor the legacy of Halo music that fans have grown to love over the years.
With Halo Wars 2, we wanted to bring back stylistic elements that are traditional to other Halo scores, such as large orchestra and choir with a blend of electronic musical styles, but also push the envelope into new musical territory.
Also, with the introduction of new characters to the Halo world, alongside the return of past characters, we decided to take a traditional leit motif approach – by composing melodic themes for each hero, villain or group of characters, each of which you’ll hear recurring throughout the score.
Halo Wars 2 is set for a February 21, 2017 release on Xbox One and Windows 10.
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