Posts Tagged ‘343 industries’

Halo Wars 2’s Blitz Mode could be its salvation

This is Atriox, your chief adversary. He leads a rogue Covenant faction, the banished – the remaining Covenant races are now at peace with humanity following the events of Halo 2. I know these things because I once had to write a 5000-word Halo timeline.

I was all set to thoroughly dismiss Halo Wars 2 [official site], before I joined Microsoft for a spot of top-down Warthog-baiting earlier in the month, and I’m still not completely convinced. Last year’s Xbox One beta suggested yet another Halo game intent on rebottling the lightning of a departed era – in this case, that fleeting, Quixotic period when the idea of RTS on console sounded like cash in the bank.

Much of what made the original Halo Wars work so well on Xbox 360 has been preserved – the snappy, colourful visual design, the stripped-down resource and research aspects, the adroit translation of Halo’s alien Covenant and human UNSC factions into the language of an Age of Empires spin-off. Startlingly little has been added or changed, whether you’re talking about new units or a fresh approach to the typically leaden business of storytelling in a strategy game. This is exactly what many fans are hoping for, I’m sure, but given Creative Assembly’s success with the Warhammer license and Alien: Isolation, it’s hard not to wish for a shade more, well, magic.

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Halo? Is It PC You’re Looking For? Halo 5: Forge Is Out

Forge! Huah! What is it good for? More than you might think. Halo 5: Forge has arrived free on Windows 10 and while it’s not full Halo 5 with the FPS’s campaign and all its multiplayer jazz and whatnot, it’s more than the level editor it initially seems. I mean, yes, it does have a level editor, but also it also supports 16-player online Halo action with the Arena multiplayer mode and player-made modes and minigames. Forge is a bit like a basic Garry’s Mod, and that’s no bad thing for a freebie.

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Custom Games Browser For Halo 5 Forge Post-Launch

Halo 5 might have skipped PC but the Forge creation tools arrive this week. The free release is coming to Windows 10 and contains Forge “along with a host of awesome new features, including mouse and keyboard support, 4k resolution display capability, a brand new content browser that makes showcasing and sharing your creations easier than ever before, and the ability play your creations with friends online”. PCGamesN spotted a NeoGAF post from Frank O’Connor, the Halo franchise director, in which he confirms a “custom games browser” post-launch.

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Halo 5’s Forge Coming To PC In September, And It’s Bringing 16-Player Custom Multiplayer With It

Halo 5 itself doesn’t seem to be coming to PC, but the developers have said they’d be bringing the sci-fi shooter’s sandbox editing mode, Forge, to Windows 10. Yesterday they announced the date: September 8. This mode will bring with it map editing and minigame-making using Halo’s bits and bobs, and has already been responsible for things like D-Days and mega beer pong on the Xbox Machine. But crucially, on the PC version, you will also be able to play 16-player custom multiplayer.

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Halo Wars 2 Dev Diary Explores Threatening New Villain

I’ve always been a big fan of the universe that the Halo games are set in, and with Halo Wars 2 [official site] headed our way in February of next year, I’m keen on gleaning as much information about its story as possible. That’s good for me, because Microsoft have released a short video documentary detailing some of the finer points of the story with an added emphasis on the villain who will be tying everything together.

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The Creative Assembly’s Halo Wars 2 Due In Feb 2017

Total War developers The Creative Assembly have stuck their thumb into Microsoft’s gamepie and pulled out a technoplum, by which I of course mean that they’re making Halo Wars 2 [official site] for Windows 10. Halo Wars is a real-time strategy spin-off from the Xbox’s flagship FPS, with the first one released on Xbox 360 in 2009. Well, now this sequel has a release date: February 21st, 2017. That’s a bit later than autumn 2016 date mentioned before. Still, it’ll cheer you up, I can show you moving pictures:

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Halo 5’s Forge Sandbox Coming Free To Windows 10

Microsoft have not announced that Halo 5 is coming to PC. However, they have announced that the Xbox One shooter’s sandbox mode Forge is coming as a free standalone to PC via Windows 10, under the rubbish name Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition. It’s due “later this year”. As I understand it (and I may be wrong!), Forge is a bit like a simpler Garry’s Mod. Players can build levels collaboratively online, but also create and play fancier things like minigames. Good? Cool? This might also bring us closer to seeing proper Halo games on PC again.

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