The original Halo Wars holds a special place in the hearts of Halo Nation as the most successful real-time strategy game in console history, with fans still clocking more than one million hours on Xbox Live each month via Xbox 360 and backward compatibility on Xbox One. We were introduced to Captain Cutter and the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire, fought the battles of humanity’s first encounters against the Covenant, and commanded armies en masse. Halo Wars proved that real-time strategy could be done successfully on console.
Today, at E3, Microsoft announced that Halo Wars 2 is coming to Windows 10 PC and Xbox One on February 21, 2017. Development on Halo Wars 2 remains on track to be finished this year, but Microsoft made the decision to move the game to next spring, in order to give it room to breathe. Fans will have Halo Wars 2 to look forward to in early 2017.
With that said, you won’t have to wait until next year to play Halo Wars 2. Starting today, anyone with an Xbox One and Xbox Live Gold can download the Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer Beta, which features two game modes over the course of a week. Here’s more on each mode:
- Domination will be available from today through June 16. Domination is the classic RTS gameplay from Halo Wars, now with all-new units, leaders, special abilities, and the amazing depth of Halo Wars 2. Players will build their bases and armies, and battle for control of the map and supremacy on the Ark.
- Deathmatch will be available from June 17 until June 20. In Deathmatch, you’ll plan and build your base and army – but instead of fighting for map control, you’ll fight until only one player remains standing.