Published on June 2nd, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder0
Halo Tabletop, Anyone? You'll see it come September!
Halo fans than enjoy a good tabletop game are in for a treat: WizKids is giving Halo a tabletop strategy makeover. Not only that, but it’s releasing in September…
Tell me I’m not the only one expecting this at least a week before Halo 3? You can guarantee that if it happens, you’ll see tabletop gamers in front of their favorite EB Games/GameStop stores – passing away the time until the midnight launch on September 25 with some strategic destruction!
Seriously, though, this is a large step for the Halo franchise. With four novels, comic series, a graphic novel, an RTS spinoff by Age of Empires devs Enemble, the Peter Jackson project, and soon this tabletop strategy, the Halo franchise is stepping to the forefront of gaming in general. If this continues, I feel Halo will have a lasting impression along the lines of some Blizzard titles…
And there’s nothing bad about that. It gives us gamers more to do with a franchise that’s obviously large. Now, all we need is a couple other super-franchises to do the same sort of thing, and gaming will get a boost of credibility. And maybe the added bonus of getting Jack Thompson off our collective backs!
Press Release follows:
WizKids Inc., creator of runaway hit games like HeroClixÂ® and Pirates of the Spanish Mainâ„¢, announced today its agreement with Bungie Studios and Microsoft to develop a new collectable miniatures game (CMG) called HaloÂ® ActionClixâ„¢.
The Halo ActionClix CMG brings the incredible content of the Halo universe to the tabletop via the award-winning Clix miniatures game engine. Players familiar with HeroClix and HorrorClixâ„¢ will be able to jump right into the action and enjoy brand-new game mechanics, including weapon swaps, figure respawning and vehicle-based combat.
â€œExpanding the Halo universe into the Clix CMG world is a perfect fit for the franchise,â€ said Brian Jarrard, director of Franchise and Community Affairs at Bungie Studios. â€œWizKidsâ€™ commitment to quality and authentic detail ensures that these new Halo ActionClix figures will appeal to collectors and CMG players alike.â€
The first Halo ActionClix set will feature more than 80 unique miniature figures from the Halo universe, including preview content from Halo 3. A number of vehicle packs are also being produced, including a big surprise planned for San Diego Comic-Con this July. Figures will be sold in randomized Booster Packs. The vehicles and a Starter Game will be sold in a diorama display format.
â€œWe are proud to be associated with a great brand like Halo ,â€ said Lax Chandra, WizKidsÂ® president. â€œWe are always looking for ways to push the envelope with our games and content. The phenomenal Halo video game play and universe provided us with an excellent spring board for innovation in tabletop miniatures gaming. We are very excited about this release.â€
The Halo ActionClix CMG is expected to be released at retail in September 2007, with special Prerelease figures available at San Diego Comic-Con July 26 â€“ 29, and at Gen Con Indy August 16 â€“ 19.
Bungie Weekly Update – 06/01 [via Bungie.net]
Halo ActionClix [via WizKids Games]