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Earlier in January, we informed you about the Minimum and Recommended System Requirements for Halo Wars 2, Microsoft's Master Chief'ed RTS releasing tomorrow. Over in Europe a physical edition of the game is being published by THQ Nordic. So far, so snooze. Look at the back of the box however and you see an extra set of Ultra system requirements for Halo Wars 2, with Creative Assembly recommending the currently unannounced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
We've already seen all of the graphics options at our fingertips, now it's time to see just how good Halo Wars 2 looks. It's a DirectX 12 Windows Store exclusive from the brains at Creative Assembly. And it's also Halo on PC, which I guess is what we've been asking for, although we probably didn't imagine it would be quite like this. Master Chief or no Master Chief, Halo Wars 2 looks decent for a strategy RTS. If the Halo Wars 2 system requirements have you worried though, fear not. There are a fair few options to twiddle around with, and these comparison sliders let you know exactly what you may lose out on if you drop the graphics settings.
A first-party Microsoft strategy game designed with console gamers in mind doesn't exactly sound like a recipe for success when it comes to Halo Wars 2, but when you take a moment to consider it's Total War developer Creative Assembly pulling the strings it becomes a lot easier to get excited. Not only do CA excel at delivering top-tier RTS games, they also have a knack for the graphically spectacular. Halo Wars 2 is a Windows Store exclusive packing DirectX 12 support and all the latest visual bells and whistles. Here's allo the video options and graphics settings so you can see precisely what can be tweaked.
I think we can all safely agree The Creative Assembly is a dab hand at real-time strategy games. When the team isn't busy expanding Total War: Warhammer, CA has also been putting the final touches to Halo Wars 2, a full-blown RTS set within the Halo universe. Build bases, amass an army and get stuck into a campaign set after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. It's a Microsoft-published RTS which is reason enough to get excited for AoE fans. Before you pre-purchase on the notoriously finnicky Windows Store, check out the Halo Wars 2 official PC system requirements to ensure you can run it.
Strategy fans take note - a swanky new trailer arrived for Halo Wars 2 before the weekend. It's Creative Assembly’s stab at turning the Master Chief’s eternal war with the Covenant into an RTS blockbuster. The series skipping PC for far too long means my Halo lore knowledge has more holes than a Flood swarm, so you’ll have to bear with me for this one.
A new trailer for Creative Assembly’s Halo Wars 2 delves into the story behind the upcoming sci-fi real-time strategy game. Set three decades after the first game, this particular trailer centres around new logistics AI Isabelle. She’s replacing Cortana who, after a long career in the UNSC, has a new role working for Windows 10.
Look, I’ll hold my hands up and admit I never played the original Halo Wars. I love a bit of Halo and I’m partial to an RTS, but assumed the two mashed together on a console was a recipe for disaster. Apparently not though because it’s getting a sequel, so consider my interest piqued, Halo Wars 2. We’ve got our hands on a brand new campaign trailer showing off fresh story beats for the upcoming real-time strategy sequel from Creative Assembly.
Tucked in right at the end of its Gamescom 2015 press conference, Microsoft had one big blockbusting surprise left for PC gamers. 343 Industries, in conjunction with Total War developer Creative Assembly, is working on Halo Wars 2 for launch in 2016.

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