I still remember the day that HaloWars .com was taken offline and the forums were moved here to Waypoint. I remember not thinking HW2 would happen. I remember the morning of August 4th waking up to a YouTube notification that I brushed off as a joke, but thinking “why not check” and realizing it was real. I posted on these forums my hopes for HW2, one of them being longevity-- HW1’s competitive scene had flickered and faded quickly, and that wasn’t something I wanted to see repeated.
Now, the circle is complete. 343 not only left the game in an unbalanced state, leaving it’s fate to Wrensi to meddle with in his free time, but they’ve now shut down the match history and service records. HW1 lasted far longer than this. HaloWars .com stayed up well past Ensemble was put in the ground. It’s so sad to see history repeat itself even though HW2 had all the promise in the world. A big studio backed by 343i, experienced in RTS design, great advertisements, a lot of hype… Just to forget about it in favor of MCC, then moving on to work on Infinite.
For years, I’ve said I’m a Halo Wars fan, not a Halo fan. For all its faults and the way the series has been mishandled ever since its conception, I’ve been a Halo Wars fan since '09. Now that once again it seems we’re entering another dark age, all I can think of is the Spirit of Fire drifting through space while Ensemble’s final message flickers a goodbye. Stephen Rippy’s “Insignificantia” plays and all you’re left with is “END TRANSMISSION…”
What a shame that such an amazing yet overlooked, underappreciated, and utterly mishandled series has to have this sad legacy. What a shame.