Friday, February 02, 2007

Halo Clix

You've probably heard of Heroclix - the clickable base miniature game featuring comic book characters, made by Wizkids. They've also got MechWarrior and in the past did MageKnight - all with similar play based on the Wizkids trademarked clickable bases.

Now they're doing a version based Halo. Gamers everywhere rejoyced! Unfortunately stores can only get these from Diamond and their game distribution arm, Alliance. But this could be a new hit for them, at least in the short-run. Weather or not it has long-term legs will have to be seen.

The press release:

WizKids Inc., creator of runaway hit games like HeroClix and Pirates of the Spanish Main, has announced an agreement with Bungie Studios and Microsoft to develop a new Collectible Miniatures Game (CMG) called Halo ActionClix.

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 HorrorClix will be able to jump right into the action and enjoy brand-new game mechanics, including weapon swaps, figure respawning and vehicle-based combat.

“Expanding the Halo universe into the Clix CMG world is a perfect fit for the franchise,” said Bungie Studios Director of Franchise and Community Affairs Brian Jarrard. “WizKids’ commitment to quality and authentic detail ensures that these new Halo ActionClix figures will appeal to collectors and CMG players alike.”

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 Comic-Con International: San Diego this July. Figures will be sold in randomized Booster Packs. The vehicles and a Starter Game will be sold in a diorama display format.

“We are proud to be associated with a great brand like Halo,” said WizKids President Lax Chandra. “We 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.”

The Halo ActionClix CMG is expected to be released at retail in September 2007, with special Prerelease figures available at Comic-Con International: San Diego July 26-29, and at Gen Con Indy August 16-19. Refer to an upcoming issue of Previews for the first wave of Halo ActionClix products.

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