Halo Wars 2
Developer 343 Industries, The Creative Assembly Publisher Microsoft Format PC, Xbox One Release 2016
The first Halo Wars was console-only, but as Microsoft’s current strategy mandates, Halo Wars 2 is headed to PC as well. There will be no crossplatform play, however. That, we’re told, is simply a matter of timing and resources, though getting mouse-and-keyboard and pad users to play nicely must surely also be a factor.
Still, it does mean Halo Wars 2 feels a bit off the current Xbox pace. An RTS is always going to be a hard sell amid the bombast and breakbeats of E3, and a new, slower resource economy meant Halo Wars 2’ s show-floor demo did little to raise the pulse. The beta went down better – a million matches were played during the week it was online – though whether it will capture similar attention in the run-up to Christmas is another matter entirely.