Another Halo Wars 2 Beta Is Coming With a New Mode

The second beta will be held "closer to launch," Microsoft says.

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Missed out on the first Halo Wars 2 beta? You will have another chance to play the game ahead of its February 2017 release, Microsoft has confirmed.

A second beta for the RTS sequel will be held "closer to launch," a Microsoft representative told GameSpot. Unlike the first beta, which ran June 13-23, the second one will be held on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

Additionally, there will be a new mode. The first beta included multiplayer modes deathmatch and domination. There is no word yet on what the other new mode will be or the specific dates for when the second beta will run.

Although the second Halo Wars 2 beta will be held on Xbox One and PC, there will not be cross-play since the game does not support it.

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Halo Wars 2 is a Play Anywhere game, meaning buying it (digitally) on Xbox One gets you the PC version free and vice versa. Originally set to come out in 2016, Halo Wars 2 is now pegged to arrive in February 2017.

For more on Halo Wars 2, check out GameSpot's preview from E3 2016, "Will Halo Wars 2 Please RTS Fans?" We also recently learned that 343 brought on Call of Duty and Mirror's Edge actors to play the game's lead roles, replacing the talent from the first game.

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