Halo Wars 2 Has New Actors for Lead Roles, Here's Why

Microsoft brings on Call of Duty, Mirror's Edge actors for the RTS sequel.

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In the impressive Halo Wars 2 trailer from E3, you might have noticed that main characters Cutter and Anders look different than how you may have remembered them from the 2009 original Halo Wars. As it turns out, there's a good reason for that.

"Because they are different--for both casting and technical reasons," developer 343 Industries said in its latest weekly blog post. "The first Halo Wars game, for all its glitteringly wondrous CG, contained characters that [effects studio Blur] essentially 'made up.'"

"They were effectively 'hand drawn' amalgams of character, rigging, and aesthetics. Those characters were created in 2008, using 2007 tech and they looked fantastic at the time."

Since then, the industry has made "geometric leaps forward" in terms of gaphical fidelity, 343 explained. For Halo Wars 2, "the end result is much better immersion in the story and far more believable 'people' because they are people--recordings of the performance rather than a simulation or cartoon of it."

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The new actors for Cutter and Anders have changed. Gideon Emery (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield 3) plays Cutter--who is seen grayed to reflect the 28 years of passed time since Halo Wars. Faye Kingslee (Mirror's Edge Catalyst) plays Anders, and 343 said she nailed the role.

"You're going to love her performance," 343 said. "While respecting the original character, she's poured a lot of herself into this. And while we loved Kim Mai Guest as our previous actress for Anders, getting our schedules to jive was a challenge."

"We're really excited to have both Faye and Gideon join the Halo family, and we can't wait to show you more of the story and the amazing Blur cinematics in Halo Wars 2."

Also in the blog post, it was confirmed that Halo Wars 2 will feature campaign co-op. However, there will be no cross-play between the Xbox One and PC versions.

Halo Wars 2 is a Play Anywhere game, meaning buying it 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. A beta is being held right now on Xbox One.

For more on Halo Wars 2, check out GameSpot's preview from E3 2016, "Will Halo Wars 2 Please RTS Fans?"

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As long as Faye doesn't sound as monotone as she did in Mirror's Edge.

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Played non stop. Like everything I saw. Good game.

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I'm sorry but the beta has me worried. The most played game mode of Halo Wars 1...and still is..... was 3v3 tradional RTS gamestyle. Why the hell would you not have that in the beta?

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@iammcgruber:

They don't have to have every single thing in the Beta.

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@warui: I know, so I'm sayin they shouldn't have worried about the other gamemodes and just stuck with 2v2 or 3v3 traditional RTS for the beta purposes. I played the shit outta halo wars 1 but was rather dissapointed in the HW2 beta cause I didn't have fun with objective based game modes in an RTS, prefer the straight game. I know a lot of people probably liked the beta, just my opinion

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Well I still have to say that the old Captain Cutter had the look of a leader with a stone cold look of experience. The new Cutter looks like some guy who was thrust into the postion because of his mommy or daddy. Old Cutter looked the part way better.

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omg.......once again you could have LEFT OUT The "HERES WHY"
of the title and people would have obviously figured out to click the link to figure out "Why" Geez. Take a journalism class for once Eddie.

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@almatha: Jeez, dude. Chill out.

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Made up face - real person's face.... doesn't make a difference to me as long as they have a voice that matches up with the face.

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playstation new games : spiderman, batman vr, god of war, death stranding, days gone

xbox new games : halo wars smartphone game

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@xbhonner: "playstation new games : spiderman, batman vr, god of war, death stranding, days gone"

-- So, will you be able to play these this 2016? Nice try, though. Indeed, greatness awaits... until 2018.

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@rboy1989: please mention any NEW game from Ms 2016 e3 that will come 2017!. Remember, NEW games. Not something they already announced before 2016 e3

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@xbhonner:

Playstation's announced games with release dates: 2

Xbox: All but Cuphead.

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@_Silent_Jay_: please mention any NEW game from Ms 2016 e3 that will come 2017!. Remember, NEW games. Not something they already announced before 2016 e3

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@xbhonner: It's impressive how you manage to sound dumber with each post.

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Am I the only one who seen Legdrop in the store in place of Halo wars 2. Was the funniest bug ive ever seen. I have proof, I was waiting all day for Legdrop to download in my library lol

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Say, aren't there flood on the ship?

Return of the flood??

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I for one find the Halo Wars 2 gameplay to be fantastically disappointing. I played as both factions and neither side had an interesting tech tree. Each game seems to be, build your base, 2 harvesters and 2 generators then just upgrade everything and continue to do so at each outpost. The units feel stale and battles unexciting. Hopefully the campaign story is good because it's the only thing I can see going for it.

Not to mention the view distance sucks. I feel like it needs to be zoomed out at least three times as much so I'm not just staring at 5 units at once. (That's what she said.)

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@DeadlyMustard: Its hard to say the units are stale and unexciting when it seems many of the units and their upgrades are not present in the Beta, nor are the commanders unique units (the cyclops doesn't seem to be unique anymore) like the Mammoth for Cutter (I think they are still in the game though because I am sure I saw Forge's Grizzly tanks in one of the trailers).

The battles seem a little stale at the moment because Infantry, Warthogs and Scorpions are the only units that partially have their upgrade trees included in the beta. Air Units are useless because once people start upgrading Infantry they just get destroyed because the Air units don't have things like the Chaff Pods to increase their defence against anti-air units and Vehicles don't have their upgrades to help protect against Infantry upgraded to posses Rocket Launchers. Infantry and Warthogs are just rather superior at the moment because they are the only units that posses tech upgrades in the Beta.

Base building suffers the same issues. Without all the tech and units included to be able to build your base in different ways to optimise different tech builds, people will just build bases the same way since the beta has limited options to begin with.

Zoom distances could certainly do with a increase though and I would like the option to change unit colours since it can be difficult at times to identify between your own or your team mates units

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@DeadlyMustard: The unit coloring annoys me

Instead of the original colors of the units, they have Red vs Blue instead

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Gideon also voiced Governor Sloan in Halo 5 so this is his 2nd time hes in a Halo game

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All Actors.

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remember that diablo 3 interview with gideon emery where he clearly just didn't want to be there?

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