Halo Wars 2

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Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars 2 cover
Developers
Creative Assembly
343 Industries
Publishers
Digital Microsoft Studios
Retail THQ Nordic[1]
Release dates
Windows February 21, 2017
Reception
Metacritic 70
OpenCritic 78
IGDB 77
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions Loot box, Infinite spend, Free-to-grind[2]
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Point and select, Multiple select
Genres RTS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
Series Halo
Halo Wars 2 on IGDB
Halo Wars 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Halo Wars 2 on MobyGames
Halo Wars 2 on Wikipedia
Halo: Combat Evolved 2003
Halo 2 2007
Halo: Spartan Assault 2013
Halo Online 2015*
Halo: Spartan Strike 2015
Halo 5: Forge 2016
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition 2016
Halo Wars 2 2017
Halo Recruit 2017
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (series)
Halo Infinite 2021

Halo Wars 2 is an RTS developed by Creative Assembly and 343 Industries that is a part of the Halo series and a serves sequel to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.

The game released simultaneously on Windows 10 and Xbox One on February 21, 2017.

Cross-play with Xbox One was added in a patch November 2 2017.[3]. At some point Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed in a later patch though it remains undocumented.[citation needed]

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Microsoft Store
Windows
Amazon.com
Microsoft Store
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Play Anywhere, Xbox Game Pass for PC: Standard Edition
Windows
All versions require Microsoft Store DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass Note: The season pass only includes additional leaders and does NOT include the below DLC.
Windows
Operation: SPEARBREAKER
Windows
Awakening the Nightmare
Windows

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Infinite spend Card packs can be purchased infinitely with no limit.
Loot box The game uses card packs with varying rarity types for it's "Blitz" mode, which can be earned via gameplay as well as a real-money purchase.

Version differences[edit]

The Ultimate Edition contains Halo Wars 2 its season pass and all DLC, along with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Input[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Voice, Cinematics.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
6 Versus, Co-op
Co-op campaign supports two players.
Supports crossplay with Xbox One

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074
UDP 88,500,3074,3544,4500
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500
AMD FX-4350
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7750
2 GB of VRAM

References