File this under awesome: the Halo universe is being turned into a tabletop miniatures game, thanks to Spartan Games. Halo: Fleet Battles is the latest expansion of 343’s universe, after it’s taken control of console and - hopefully soon - PC gaming.
Polygon got a chance to take a look at the game last weekend at GenCon, and man, it looks awesome. The current offering is titled Halo: Fleet Battles, The Fall of Reach, and is described as a “two-player, expandable miniatures wargame firmly set in the Halo universe”. Take our money already.
The base set, called The Fall of Reach, contains 32 UNSC models and 17 Covenant models. They range in size from less than an inch long to nearly 6 inches in length, and all come unpainted and unassembled in the box. There’s 30 custom dice, as well as punch-out scenery, tokens and documentation — including the Fall of Reach campaign guide that 343 worked so hard to create.
The game has been developed along with franchise writers at 343 Industries, placing the game firmly in the universe’s canon. Halo’s been developing a really interesting expanded universe, with a whole bunch of novels, side games, webisodes, a TV series and comics created to support the blockbuster games.
Judging from the pictures, it looks like this game will rock: 1/2000th scale space battles taking place between UNSC and Covenant ships. The format should allow them to continually expand their offerings: Reach was one battle within the Halo universe: if this is a success, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see the company release new expansions detailing other battles. It looks like a ground-based game will be coming out early next year, which will take your battles from space to the ground. Halo: Fleet Battles, The Fall of Reach is available now for £80.
I just want to see them create a 1/2000 scale Halo ring for the ultimate experience. You might need some open space and a couple of ladders to make that work, though.
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