Halo Wars 2 will not have cross-platform play

343 and Microsoft may address it further on in the franchise.


Halo Wars 2 is coming for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and while it will support Play Anywhere, don't expect cross-platform play.

"Cross-play is something we were looking at early on in development," 343 Industries boss Dan Ayoub told Eurogamer. "We've been in development since 2014. But as we looked at our timing and our design decisions, we focused on some different things that basically became Xbox Play Anywhere."

While the announcement is a bit of a disappointment, it is actually logical given that the RTS, in development by Creative Assmebly, has different control schemes on the two platforms. Microsoft does plan to bring mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox platofrm sometime in the future, but as of now players will need to be satisfied with saves and achievements crossing between PC and Xbox One.

"Cross-play is something we're excited about potentially down the line," Ayoub said, "and we're looking at that for the franchise, but in the Halo Wars 2 timeframe, we're focusing on Play Anywhere."

Halo Wars 2 is currently in the middle of a beta week that runs until June 20. The game will launch February 21.

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