Trivia: Halo Wars

  • Creator Backlash: Bungie was not happy about their IP being used by another developer for a different genre. As such, they had little participation with the game. However, they seem to have eventually made peace with it; Halo: Contact Harvest and "Dr. Halsey's personal journal" which came with the Limited/Legendary editions of Halo: Reach contain a fair number of direct references to Halo Wars.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Why the game became a Halo title. The order to turn it into one was expected to speed up production, but actually pushed back development a full year. The execs thought it'd be easy to just port in Halo models from the previous games, not realizing that there's a big difference between a full-scale tank model for a high-res FPS and a tiny differently proportioned one for an RTS, not to mention all the new units that had to be made to fill gaps in the meta-game.
    • Halogen, a fan-mod of Command & Conquer: Generals was halted by Microsoft to prevent it from competing with Halo Wars.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Throw It In: Graeme Devine, the lead writer, made an entire press guide for the planet Arcadia. Bungie's writer Joseph Staten liked it so much that he included a mention of Arcadia in Halo: Contact Harvest.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The control scheme was designed separately for an original property, yet undecided at the time. Microsoft was not confident about the sales of a new series as a console RTS, so they demanded for it to be a Halo game instead.
    • Incidentally, this game is What Could Have Been for the Halo series as a whole. It was originally planned as a strategy game when the game was still anticipated to arrive on Macs.
    • In a Reddit AMA, Graeme Devine revealed his notes for the opening of Halo Wars 2. The Spirit of Fire drifts in space for three years, piloted by Serina and Anders while Cutter is in cryo sleep. They follow a UNSC signal that calls them to a Forerunner dock, where it turns out to have been sent by none other than Sergeant Forge himself, who was teleported to the site just before the shield world blew up.