Halo Wars 2 News

Halo Wars 2 launches without competitive multiplayer ranking

Halo Wars 2 has launched without a competitive multiplayer ranking system.

The developers at 343 Industries and Creative Assembly said they made the decision to hold competitive multiplayer ranking from launch in order to continue to work on game balance.

Halo Wars 2 does have skill-based matchmaking working under the hood, but it does not display a player rank based upon it. This comes as some surprise for a Halo game, as most display some kind of competitive multiplayer ranking.

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Second Halo Wars 2 beta planned for early 2017

There will be a second Halo Wars 2 beta, Microsoft has said.

In a post on Xbox Wire, 343 Industries' Dan Ayoub said the second beta will run early 2017 for both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. The first beta was Xbox One only.

The Xbox Wire post goes into detail on the changes the developers at 343 and Creative Assembly are making to the real-time strategy game in response to feedback from the first beta.

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Halo Wars 2 release date set for February

Halo Wars 2 release date set for February

UPDATE: 64.99 Ultimate Edition detailed.

UPDATE: Halo Wars 2's Ultimate Edition has been revealed.

Priced at 64.99, it includes the core game, the Season Pass, and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.

The Season Pass will include over six months worth of new content with a campaign expansion and plenty of new units and Leaders.

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Looks like there's a Halo Wars 2 open beta next week

Halo Wars 2 will be available to try next week, a leaked Xbox Store listing suggests.

The Halo Wars 2 open beta is listed for release on Monday, 13th June, and will last a week, until 20th June.

Monday is when Microsoft will hold its annual E3 press conference. The beta will presumably be announced for immediate download right then and there.

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The Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusives due out in 2016

The Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusives due out in 2016

Gears of War 4! Crackdown 3! Sea of Thieves! More!

Hot on the heels of announcing the delay of Scalebound to 2017, Microsoft has committed to a 2016 release for a raft of Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive games.

In a post on Xbox Wire, Xbox marketing chief Mike Nichols announced a number of meaningless statistics about player engagement and time spent doing this and that on Xbox and Windows 10 devices. But the good stuff is in a list of already-announced games due out on Xbox this year, which comes complete with release dates and windows.

Here it is:

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Halo Wars 2 confirmed for Xbox One and PC

Halo Wars 2 confirmed for Xbox One and PC

By Total War maker Creative Assembly.

Halo Wars 2 is due out on Xbox One and PC in autumn 2016, Microsoft has announced.

It's developed by Total War maker Creative Assembly.

Halo Wars 2 is the sequel to the Xbox 360 real-time strategy spin-off set within the Halo universe.

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