Halo Wars 2 Open Beta Coming Next Week - Report

You will be able to try out the RTS next week, apparently.

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An open beta for Microsoft's Halo Wars 2 will begin on Monday, June 13, the same day that Microsoft's E3 2016 briefing takes place. This is according to an Xbox One product page for the real-time strategy game, spotted by Mondo Xbox, that apparently went live early.

The product page states the Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta will run for a week, ending on June 20. Whether or not the beta will also be held on PC remains to be seen. We also don't know yet what the beta will consist of.

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Halo Wars 2 is a follow-up to 2009's Halo Wars. The first game was made by Ensemble Studios, which has since shut down, but the sequel is in development at Total War studio Creative Assembly.

It's due to launch this fall across Xbox One and PC. The first Halo Wars was exclusive to Xbox 360. Microsoft has not yet said if there will be cross-platform support between the two versions.

Microsoft's E3 2016 briefing is scheduled for Monday, June 13, beginning at 9:30 AM PST. For more, check out this roundup of Xbox One games we're looking forward to at the show.

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Hmmm, I would hope it would be on the PC as well. I mean I get there is a market for RTS on console(I used to be a console RTS gamer as well), but it would make more sense to be on PC as well wouldn't it? The original Halo Wars was great, I can only hope the 2nd will improve upon all the flaws as well as add in more content(Which what killed Halo Wars imo, having lack of content that is).

Might be out of the loop, but has it been stated whether this will be base building, limited base building(Such as an HQ building with upgrading tiers, like DoW 2), or deployment only(This is my personal preference followed by limited)?

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I liked the first one while also recognizing its need for improvement. I'd give it a 7/10. So if this one improves at all then I will surely like it even more :)

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Can't wait. First one had probably the best RTS control layout for console and it worked perfectly.

This one will also be on PC so I'm sure they'll provide more convincing options for us PC gamers :)

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I loved Halo Wars. Cant wait to try out Halo Wars 2

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I dont get the hate of Halo Wars, i find it to be enjoyable

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Another beta to act as filler for a dead lineup.

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Screenshots leaked:

http://n4g.com/news/1917614/the-first-screenshots-from-halo-wars-2-have-leaked-open-beta-coming-next-week

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@HOLYSHMUCK: Probably a scam site. Not visiting.

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@LiveTrash: It's legitimate gaming site dude... n4g

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aw yissss

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YES -- the first one was a lot of fun, with a surprisingly decent console-RTS interface, despite being very easy.

Can't wait to whomp on some folks in the MP beta!

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Unexpected surprise

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Awesome. I really enjoyed the first game so I'll definitely be trying out this open beta when it starts.

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Edited By ethanm1834

RTS on Consoles, never been a fan. I bought the first one it was ok. I guess for me that was the lesson to not play RTS on Console. Though with mouse and keyboard support.

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@ethanm1834: Halo Wars 2 will have a PC version, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Xbone version allows m/k too

Though things will be designed with a controller in mind

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@ethanm1834: So do what I do, just ADAPT to the controller interface, and use your PC RTS skills to "educate" others online. ;)

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As much as I want to get everything 'now', I'm hoping there's still some surprises left for the actual event!

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