Cross-Buy Does Not Mean Cross-Play for Halo Wars 2

Cross-Buy Does Not Mean Cross-Play for Halo Wars 2

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).



 

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Comments Comments (4)

 
Posted by Goonertron
On Thursday 16 Jun 2016 5:57 PM
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Awesome. Seperate competitive players in strategy and shooters. I don't want to be playing against mouse and keyboard with a controller.
 
 
 
Posted by Bunnny
On Thursday 16 Jun 2016 6:09 PM
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16 June 2016, 05:57 PM Reply to Goonertron
Awesome. Seperate competitive players in strategy and shooters. I don't want to be playing against mouse and keyboard with a controller.
We'll head there in the future. But I think it'll fall on the games to see the levels of match up. Ala rocket leauge ish
 
 
 
Posted by Goonertron
On Thursday 16 Jun 2016 6:19 PM
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16 June 2016, 06:09 PM Reply to Bunnny
We'll head there in the future. But I think it'll fall on the games to see the levels of match up. Ala rocket leauge ish
I don't think Shooters should ever be able to play cross-platform and I certainly hope you can't use a KBM on the Xbox shooters.
 
 
 
Posted by ChimeraNZ
On Friday 17 Jun 2016 8:15 AM
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16 June 2016, 06:19 PM Reply to Goonertron
I don't think Shooters should ever be able to play cross-platform and I certainly hope you can't use a KBM on the Xbox shooters.
I see zero issue with cross play across consoles - and as for PC, select titles that don't gain significant advantage with KB+M I think can only be a good thing. Anything that keeps a player base strong is a win I reckon.