With the dust settling over the E3 madness this week, there was a lot to indulge but one game during Microsoft’s conference that stood out to me was Halo Wars 2. Frank here, the Red Tie Guy and for those of you that have followed my channel for a while should know that I’m a RTS fantastic with Xcom being my favourite turn based RTS.
When MS announced Halo Wars 2 back at Gamescom 2015, it was practically a no brainer that I would instantly fall in love with the sequel. Halo Wars was originally released back in 2009 as an Xbox 360 exclusive which became a classic amongst console RTS’s as there weren’t many real time strategy games on consoles however, it wasn’t the deepest title from a strategy players point of view.
Developed by Ensemble Studios, they set out to create a real time strategy game for consoles but sadly the studio closed down not too long after the release of the first Halo Wars. Since then the developers behind the Total War series, Creative Assembly has picked up the franchise and they’re trying to expand its reach. With the Open Beta being Live on Xbox One right now until June the 20th, I jumped right in to try it out for myself and I wasn’t disappointed.
The content there is to experience is a bit limited though allowing you to choose Captain Cutter from the UNSC or Atriox from the Banished. Domination is the first mode available which is essentially a sandbox where opposing player build their bases, assemble their troops and focus on capturing as much of the map as possible. The second mode is Deathmath, available today until the 20th of June which is a classic RTS mode where all players just battle it out to the death.
Halo Wars 2 is set to release exclusively on Xbox One and PC on the 21st of February 2017, making it a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere listing where you purchase it on one platform but play it on both. There will be two editions of Halo Wars 2 released. The regular version and the Ultimate Edition which comes packed with a Season Pass as well as a definitive Edition of Halo Wars, allowing PC players to experience the original Halo Wars as well.