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Halo Wars 2 will not allow Xbox and PC users to play together

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Microsoft are doing a lot to bring Xbox and Windows 10 closer together, but cross-play won’t be available in Halo Wars 2. 

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Forza Horizon 3 will have the feature, which allows Xbox and PC players to game together, but Halo Wars 2 will be left out in the cold. Initial thoughts would suggest that perhaps this is a good idea: PC mouse and keyboard controls will undoubtedly prove an advantage in an RTS game. However, the real reason is due to timing and a focus on the Play Anywhere system. 

“Cross-play is something we were looking at early on in development," said 343 Industries studio head Dan Ayoub in an interview with Eurogamer. "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."

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The Xbox Play Anywhere initiative allows you to buy the game one on either the Xbox store or Windows store, and play it on both and Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Your saves are cloud stored, so you can play on Xbox One and continue your save on PC. 

While cross-play won’t be happening in Halo Wars 2, Ayoub said that it could be something they explore in a future game. With the Xbox One set to support mouse and keyboard soon, it would make a lot of sense for a future Halo Wars game to allow cross-play.

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jon_hill987 avatarJenks avatar
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1 Year ago

The XBone might support M+K soon but that does not mean that games will. In that case an RTS player on PC would have a serious advantage when it came to APM.

Jenks Avatar
1 Year ago

The first game had a very good co-op campaign, crossplay would have been nice if this one has co-op as well. Gears is including crossplay for all co-op modes like campaign and horde, but not for competitive - I think that is the perfect solution in genres like shooter and rts. In others full crossplay for competitive should be fine - like racing, anything else with a vehicle (Rocket League already), MMORPG (FFXIV and FFXI already), anything turn based, etc.

Most of my friends are PC only gamers. I'm primarily a PC gamer but I do buy a lot of games on Xbox because if I buy one digital copy, my wife and I effectively get 2 copies (lookup xbox one game sharing). Crossplay is going to be really great for people in my situation.