Halo Wars 2

De­vel­oper 343 In­dus­tries, The Cre­ative As­sem­bly Pub­lisher Mi­crosoft For­mat PC, Xbox One Re­lease 2016

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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.

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