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Cut Halo Wars buildings

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An early iteration of the UNSC Firebase found in the Halo Wars E3 2007 demo.[1]
"The next (and last) big problem on base building and building size turned out to be the need for the units to exit their buildings. We really wanted to showcase that. It had been received very well in our E3 2007 demo. We had gutted that base scheme during the various un-fun iterations of the “place anywhere” systems, so most of the E3 2007 stuff was gone. But, we were determined to keep the units exiting their buildings. But those tanks are so f’ing big. Each building site had to be big enough to accommodate the Vehicle Depot, which was killing our attempts to reduce the base size."
— Dave Pottinger on the E3 2007 bases.[2]

Throughout the development of Halo Wars, a large number of buildings were cut from the final release. Over the game's development, the building system went through over six iterations prior to settling on the Firebase system ultimately found in the E3 2008 Demo and final game.[2]

UNSC buildings[edit]

Air pad[edit]

Main article: UNSC Airpad

While the Air Pad was ultimately included in the final game, it underwent several revisions to reach that stage. An early design of the air pad found in the E3 2007 build consists of a small hangar and runway for several aircraft including a B-65 Shortsword and three Falcons or Sparrowhawks.[1] Icons depicting this design remain in the files of the final release.

Barracks[edit]

Main article: UNSC Barracks

Another building that survived into the final game, the barracks underwent many design iterations. In the E3 2007 build, the barracks are little more than a fenced-off courtyard, and have Marines doing pushups behind the building.[1] Another iteration of the barracks was intended to be "orbitally deployed", with the building dropping down from orbit and unpacking itself.

A third design of the barracks has also been shown, much more simplified in form and more closely-resembling the direction of the buildings in the final game. Icons depicting this design remain in the files of the final release.

Command centre[edit]

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Landing pad[edit]

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Missile silo[edit]

"Two missile silos... two guys standing uncomfortably close to the edge."
— Graeme Devine, referring to the silos in the E3 2007 demo.[1]

Found in the E3 2007 Demo, the missile silo was presumably intended for launching missiles as part of the leader power system. The building is never used in the demo, leaving its full functionality a mystery.[1]

Power extractor[edit]

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Spec ops building/ field armory[edit]

Main article: UNSC Field Armory

Another building that was realised in the final release, the field armory went through similar revision as other buildings. A particularly early revision labels the field armory as the "spec ops building", though the building went through at least one other iteration before the final design was chosen; this second iteration's icon remains in the files for Halo Wars. Icons additionally remain in the files for yet another "specialops" building design alongside the aforementioned field armory.

Supply pad[edit]

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Turrets[edit]

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Vehicle depot[edit]

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Miscellaneous[edit]

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Covenant buildings[edit]

Heavy factory[edit]

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Monument[edit]

Identified only via filenames cov_bdlg_monument and cov_bdlg_upgradedmonument of icons in the released build of Halo Wars, the Covenant monument building was to have five tiers of upgrade, shown below. The monument's intended function is unknown, though the labelling of the base defense turrets as cov_nodemonumentupgrade suggests the monument was intended to serve as the base headquarters/ command centre in the original free-placement building system.

Flood buildings[edit]

Flood spawner[edit]

Main article: Flood Den
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