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Halo Wars 2 Open Beta Is Available Now

Halo Wars 2 Open Beta Has Begun Much to fans delight, Halo Wars 2 went gold earlier this week, and now players have a chance to play the game before it launches next month!  An open beta for Halo Wars 2 is available now on Xbox One and Windows 10. Best news of all? The beta is on from now until January 30th! The download is approximately 12GB on PC and 10GB on Xbox One, offering a brand new game mode, that was made specifically for the Halo Wars sequel. The game mode is called Blitz, which offers a unique take on the RTS gameplay, combining deck building and card-based strategy with tactical combat, all within the Halo universe. In the words of the creator strategy is what the game is all about, from beginning to end. “Your card deck, along with your faction leader, are your greatest resources as you assemble a collection of air, ground and infantry units and seek to out-think and out-maneuver your opponents on the battlefield.”  Blitz is a PvP game mode that can be played in three different ways: 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3. The objective in Blitz is exactly like Domination in Call of Duty, except with a…

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Halo Wars 2 Has Gone Gold, Out this February

Halo Wars 2 Finished, Out on February 21st Great news! Halo Wars 2 has gone gold! 343 Industries confirmed the game’s status via Twitter yesterday, according to a report from JustPushStart. Although not always news, hearing a game’s gone gold can be a huge relief for any fans feeling gun-shy about delays. This is an age when too many AAA titles are pushed back repeatedly for frustrating or confusing reasons. Going gold is a point of pride and relief for both developers and consumers. And yes, the lack of HDR support for this newest Halo game may sting. This is something people may feel is worth a delay. But a solid launch with minimal issues means better sales. This in turn leads to more budget for features like HDR in future releases. So rejoice! Halo Wars 2 is out February 21st, 2017 for PC and Xbox One. SOURCE: JustPushStart The post Halo Wars 2 Has Gone Gold, Out this February appeared first on COGconnected.

Halo Wars 2 Goes Gold Ahead of February Release

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No HDR Support for Halo Wars 2 at Launch, Still Looks Amazing in 4K

343 Studios Hints at HDR Support for Future Titles, Halo Wars 2 Will Release Without, but Still Looks Fantastic in 4K Some people out there are hailing HDR (high dynamic range) as “the next 3d.” Although these people would be technically wrong, the sentiment holds up as HDR adds significant depth to an image through contrast, that has never before been achieved on viewing devices. More and more current triple-A game titles will be releasing with full HDR support, but it looks like Halo Wars 2 will miss the train… at least at launch. 343 Studios recently spoke with Fenix Bazaar saying, “Unfortunately, we are not going to have HDR support for Halo Wars 2. We do support 4K on PC, which looks gorgeous, and you definitely need to play that because it’s stunning.” It is possible that 343 could run a patch on Halo Wars 2 that could eventually update the title to run HDR, but doesn’t seem likely. Top-down-view RTS games like Halo Wars are made or broken by their engaging strategic gameplay and faction balance more so than any graphical concerns. Perhaps 343 Studios is banking on Halo Wars 2 looking better than good enough on 4K. It honestly…

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The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta Begins January 20th; New Trailer Released

Today, developers Creative Assembly and 343 Industries announced that Halo War 2 fans will have one more opportunity to get hands-on time with the RTS game, via the game’s final large-scale multiplayer beta. …Read More The post The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta Begins January 20th; New Trailer Released by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Halo Wars 2: Physical Copy for PC and Xbox One Delivers Bonus Content

Everything You Could Want in One Version of Halo Wars 2, Courtesy of THQ Nordic Thanks to a new partnership between THQ Nordic and 343i, PC players will be able to obtain Halo Wars 2 as a physical copy. Furthermore, it will be apart of Xbox Play Anywhere. Hence, you get a digital code for the Xbox One. But wait! There’s more. Two editions of Halo Wars 2 will be available at launch. First, we get the standard edition at $59.99 EUR/USD. Ultimate Edition, however, offers you the most for your money. We’re talking four days early access to the main game, Season Pass, and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition(Also playable for PC and Xbox One) all for just $79.99 EUR/USD. Both come in high-quality packaging that is especially appealing to collectors of physical copies. “After working on so many titles together with Microsoft in 2016, we are stoked to start the year with another partnership,” said Lars Wingefors, founder & Group CEO of THQ Nordic. “Being able to deliver such a big franchise to RTS and Halo fans alike, the opportunity to buy and own this game in a beautiful physical shape is something we appreciate a lot.”  And take a look at what 343 offers…

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Halo Wars 2 to Get Two Physical PC Releases; Contents Detailed

With barely over a month until the release of Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries and THQ Nordic have teamed up to deliver some solid looking physical releases for PC players. According to the press release, PC players …Read More The post Halo Wars 2 to Get Two Physical PC Releases; Contents Detailed by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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Atriox Revealed in New Halo Wars 2 Trailer


Halo Wars 2 Hands On Preview – Fresh, Fun & Brilliantly Familiar

Halo Wars 2 Hands On Preview Last week, COGconnected was invited to a Halo Wars 2 event at 343 Industries to experience some of Halo Wars 2’s Campaign, Blitz Firefight, and Blitz PVP. Those of you who have been following the development of Halo Wars 2 have likely heard of Blitz, which for many has been a closely guarded secret. Well, come out of the dark and into the light, because today we talk about Blitz and some other great things happening with the game. First, let’s talk about the Halo Wars 2 campaign. The story of Halo Wars 2 picks up 28 years after the first game, and takes place just after the events of Halo 5. The campaign takes place on the Ark, and features the main villain Atriox, a stronger and smarter than normal Brute who may be the most badass Halo enemy to date. From what we were able to experience in the campaign, the gameplay appears to teach the basics of the game quite well, and has its fair share of exciting moments. The cutscenes are spectacular, and the story appears to be a winner thus far. For those of you here for Blitz, you…

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Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer Showcased in New Video

343 Industries and Creative Assembly have released a new video for Halo Wars 2 which goes over the game’s multiplayer. In the video, they explain some of the game’s multiplayer modes, which include Blitz, a mode where players must chose a leader and build a deck of cards to bring into battle with them. You can watch the video below. Halo Wars 2 will release February 21 for PC and Xbox One. [embedded content]

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Artist Re-Imagines One Little Corner of Final Fantasy VII

Ben Nicholas is an artist and concept designer formerly with 343 Industries who worked on Halo Wars 2. He’s also a huge fan of Final Fantasy VII, which is why he decided to embark on a project to re-imagine the game’s various interiors, beginning with pharmacy nestled deep inside the Wall Market strip of the Midgar slums. Advertisement The above picture is Nicholas’ rendition while the below is how it appears in the HD remake of the game. Blurrier than you remember, right? Advertisement The pharmacy serves no other purpose in the game then to allow the player the option to exchange a coupon from the diner next door for digestive medicine that can then be given to someone else who’s not feeling well. It was one in a long list of small but important details that made the Midgar slums feel so lifelike and fully realized. Nicholas’ version of the store plays into this by highlighting every little object with its own little hint of light and color. Nicholas’ charmingly little homage is just another reminder of how great it would be to see Square Enix re-discover the pixel-perfect isometric aesthetic so many people originally fell in love with….