In an E3 wrap up blog post, Microsoft announced that the Halo Wars 2 beta on the Xbox One had “exceeded expectations.”
According to the press release, Microsoft announced that over 1 million matches were played, racking up over 2 million gameplay hours. The post goes on to say that the data and feedback gathered during the beta will play a crucial role in the development of the game.
Halo Wars 2 will support the Xbox Play Anywhere feature, which will allow gamers to buy one copy of the game and play it on both their Xbox One and PC. All of their saves, unlocks, and achievements will transfer between the two platforms. While other titles that do support Play Anywhere also support cross-platform play, the upcoming Halo Wars 2 will not. At has been hinted at, however, that future titles in the series may support the feature, and let multiple platforms play with one another.
Halo Wars 2 will release on February 21, 2017. The game will be available on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft has already confirmed that a second beta test for the Xbox One and PC will be held before the title launches next year. The second beta test will include a brand new game mode.