Halo Wars 2 Open Beta Leaked for Next Week

A tip from a player on Xbox One revealed that Xbox's Major Nelson was following a "Halo Wars 2 open beta". Upon investigation, a store entry...
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    Before Halo Wars released, there was as much anticipation for it as there was skepticism. After playing it post-release, those who doubted it initially quickly became the ones who advocated for it the most. It featured an interesting campaign that shed some light on a point in the Halo universe that wasn't previously covered in a game. It used a sensible difficulty curve that taught players resource management, unit typing, strengths and weaknesses of factions and locations, and the essentials to strategic play that became integral in Halo Wars' addictive multiplayer. All the while, it retained elements of what makes Halo what it is, despite it being the first real-time strategy game in the franchise.

    With its level of success and critical acclaim, it was thought that Halo Wars would continue as a series well beyond the first, but in 2008, developer Ensemble Studios announced it would be closing after Halo Wars released in 2009. It wasn't until August 2015 that Microsoft announced a sequel was being made by Creative Assembly with help from 343 Industries. Halo Wars 2 has been set for a Q3 or Q4 release in 2016, but according to a leak from NeoGAF forums, an open beta will become available as early as next week.

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    Originally posted on the Italian Xbox news site MondoXbox, a tip was received from a player who noticed Xbox's Major Nelson following a "Halo Wars 2 open beta". This information was entered into the store, where an entry for a Halo Wars 2 open beta will run from June 13 until June 20. The open beta will amount to just over 13 GB of storage space.

    Halo Wars 2 will release for Xbox One and Windows 10 in Q3/Q4 2016, with the open beta running from June 13 to June 20.

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  1. zlReborn
    WTF?? Halo wars 2? 343 this better be good.


    But nice article.
  2. 3xTiNcT
    The comments about 343 though... I'm excited for this though. Hopefully it's good.
  3. AlienFreek01
    Oh yeah another game for 343 to destroy wooooo
    1. Professional
      343 was already behind halo wars 1...
    2. AlienFreek01
      Not like they will be now
  4. Dora the Explorer
    Do you think the beta will be for windows 10 also?
    1. Feyfolken
      I do not think so. The only confirmed source for this was the Xbox store. If they do have it on Windows, it will have to be through whatever platform they use for Windows 10.
    2. Pyroman
      Its gonna most likely be a Xbox One exclusive as seen here: http://i.imgur.com/E7GerE4.png
  5. Keeley Hazell
    Can 343 pull it off? They already ruined regular Halo
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    2. Keeley Hazell
      Well my point was Bungie isn't involved so I'm worried. 343 butchered the franchise with Halo 4 and 5.. not to mention the Master Chief Collection was one of the worst releases I've ever participated in lol. Wasn't tryin to get all technical I think you know what I meant, if not oh well.
    3. Feyfolken
      I don't trust 343i, either. I agree that they've ruined the series. I was about 6 years old when I first played Combat Evolved and the series never failed me until Reach. I think that, since this is an RTS, 343i will stay out of it for the most part. HOPEFULLY
    4. Keeley Hazell
      Even Reach I didn't think was half bad.. ODST was the only Bungie made Halo that I really wasn't into lol, besides Firefight to get Recon armor. I mean because of the type of game Halo Wars is it'd be kind of hard to **** it up now that I think about it lol. Good thing the betas around the corner.
  6. Chips4Chubs
    Can't wait!!!
  7. Pyroman
    They are some English versions of the photos...
    But good article man. Can't wait for this game to come out.
    1. Feyfolken
      I figured it would be appropriate to give credit to XboxMondo, without whom every other publication would have taken longer to notice. The main information to take from this is the dates for the beta and the size of the download and fortunately, numbers don't have languages. I can post the English ones in a spoiler, though. I didn't know anyone had posted English pictures.
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    2. Pyroman
      Yea, its in the source. I think either bottom of first page or the 2nd page, I was looking at it early today.
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    3. Feyfolken
      Ah, yeah you're right. I just had to scroll down a bit. Thanks for the info!
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