What you need to know
- Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy set in Microsoft's sci-fi shooter series.
- Microsoft previously blamed work on Halo Master Chief Collection for the lack of Halo Wars 2 updates.
- Today, Microsoft reiterated that it has no plans to return to Halo Wars 2.
Halo is a billion-dollar video game franchise for Microsoft, which has seen a ton of success recently with releases on Steam and Xbox Game Pass for PC. Microsoft is gearing up to launch Halo Infinite later this year, after a prolific delay last summer. But there's another Halo game in the roster that has fallen by the wayside a bit in recent years.
Halo Wars 2 launched in 2017 to a decent amount of praise, for a fun story with great villains, and a large spread of online modes. The game also got a well-received DLC with a Horde-style mode, complete with additional campaign beats. Beyond that, the game hasn't enjoyed the best support from Microsoft over the years, despite having a passionate fanbase.
In 2019, fans even started a petition for further updates to the game, and Microsoft responded by saying its focus was entirely on the Master Chief Collection. Microsoft also then said that they may revisit it in the future. In an update on the Halo Waypoint website, Halo dev 343i reiterated that it has no plans for sequels or updates for the Halo Wars universe at this time.
The news will come as a blow to those who have remained passionate about the game, hoping for updates, balance tweaks, and bug fixes. Alas, it looks like we're not getting them now or in the future.
Microsoft is still clearly interested in the real-time strategy genre, with Age of Empires IV on the horizon, and resurging popularity in the franchise in general. Could Microsoft's Age of Empires dev World's Edge pick up Halo Wars in the future? For now, we can only dream.
Thanks to Unikraken for the tip.
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It is an unacceptable shame that Halo Wars 2 was never ported to Steam, where a larger audience might've given it a new lease and resources. Halo Infinite owes a lot to the game: art style, villains, and thematic return to mystery. The game got a very rough deal early on and the fans were vocally calling for more support from the beginning.
Agreed. The Halo Wars games are pretty solid RTS games. Halow Wars 2 is even more so. porting them over to Steam would be great. With Xbox Cloud gaming, the Halo Wars franchise coulp potentially do well there, too. Unfortunately, Halow Wars never really saw the kind of love it deserved Microsoft Studios or 343. Although, 343 did much better in terms of content and support, but the game still suffered overall. I still enjoy playing it and I'm glad they at least have not shut down the ability to play online, albeit, it may take a few minutes to find players. But, the last few times I've played it recently, it seems the pandemic has increased player activity, as with many other games. Being home all the time, people trying to stay occupied. This would be a prime opportunity for MS to show renewed and committed interest in the Halo Wars franchise.
If there is any truth to the acquisition rumours surrounding Sega and Paradox Interactive, then Microsoft will have a wealth of studios capable of making a Halo Wars 3.
One could only hope. I won't even keep my fingers crossed on this. I'd have a better chance at hitting the jackpot playing the lotto.
Kind of didn't expect additional DLC, but I was hoping for a 60 fps update for Series consoles... Playing at this frame rate on Windows 10 is transformative, even using a controller. I guess this game will join Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (stuck at 1080p on console, broken optimization on newer versions of Windows 10) as examples of where Microsoft is letting down fans of its biggest franchises. I get that every company has to focus on the greatest ROI, but too often Microsoft fails to consider loss of goodwill, IMO. If core studios like The Coalition and 343i are too busy with new projects to revisit older titles, maybe Microsoft should consider expanding the scope of the Backwards Compatibility team to include adding Series X/S optimizations to first party Xbox One games. Sure this will cost some money, but it would pay dividends in franchise loyalty and brand perception.
Give more place to exellent mode Blitz on Pc.
Add Dlc into the XBP.
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