343 Industries Boss, Dan Ayoub, has revealed that although Halo Wars 2 is releasing to Xbox One and Windows 10 under the Xbox Play Anywhere branding, it won't be supporting cross-platform play like other Microsoft titles within the new program.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Mr Ayoub said this decision was more a case of timing, and deciding to focus instead on the recently announced Xbox Play Anywhere initiative.
"Cross-play is something we were looking at early on in development," Ayoub said. "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."
Being an Xbox Play Anywhere title, player's saves and Achievements will move with you no matter where you play, however, it appears as though current input limitations have forced the feature to be left out. Fortunately, the 343i Boss did leave the possibility of cross-play open for future installments in the franchise, stating:
"Cross-play is something we're excited about potentially down the line," he said, "and we're looking at that for the franchise, but in the Halo Wars 2 timeframe, we're focusing on Play Anywhere."
As it stands, and despite keyboard and mouse support coming to Xbox One in the coming months, the Halo real-time strategy title will be supporting different control schemes for both platforms. PC players will be able to wield the keyboard and mouse, while console players will take on The Banished with a controller - similar to the original Xbox 360 title.
Halo Wars 2 is part of the new "Xbox Play Anywhere" initiative, which gives free access to the game on Windows 10 when purchased on Xbox One. The game is set to release on February 21, 2017, with a free public beta now available on Xbox Live from 14-21 June (NZST).