Halo Wars 2 Revealed, Open Beta Available Now

It wouldn’t be a Microsoft E3 press conference without some mention of Halo and this year brought the reveal of Halo Wars 2.  The Halo series was originally conceived as an RTS and it will be going back to the genre that inspired it with a sequel to 2009’s Halo Wars.  Set after the events of Halo 5, players will lead their armies across the Ark in a campaign with 13 missions.  Multiplayer will support up to six players with 3v3 match-ups.

The game is being developed by Total War developer Creative Assembly exclusively for Xbox One and Windows 10.  The game is being developed with the console version in mind first, which is a bit of a strange move given that RTS games have always seen the most success on PC.  The game will be a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, so purchasing it for one system will also allow you to play it on the other at no extra cost.  If you buy it for Xbox One and want to switch to PC or vice versa, you’ll be free to do so with ease.

Halo Wars 2 is scheduled to release on February 21st, 2017.  The open beta is available now and will be running until June 20th.  You can check out the official reveal trailer here.  What are your thoughts on Halo Wars 2?  What changes do you hope to see from the original?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Telltale Reveals The Walking Dead: Season 3

Telltale Games set itself as a critical darling with its episodic adventure game based on the comic and TV series The Walking Dead in 2012.  They’ve taken on various franchises with their style of design, including Game of Thrones, Borderlands, and are currently developing a Batman adventure game.  However, it was becoming unclear if they would ever return to the series that put them on the map.  Telltale announced a third season for their take on the Walking Dead series at Comic Con 2014 and stated that it would release in 2015, only to go silent on the project afterward.

At E3 2016, Telltale finally laid all concerns to rest and officially revealed The Walking Dead: Season 3.  Like previous games in the series, it is set in the same world as the original comic, but follows its own unique storyline and characters.  Season 3 will once again focus on the young Clementine as she continues her unending fight to stay alive in the zombie apocalypse.  Going against what some suspected, it looks like Season 3 will be picking up a few years after the events of Season 2.  Players will also be taking control of a new character named Javier who will be traveling alongside Clementine.

The Walking Dead: Season 3 is set to release its first episode this fall.  You can check out the first official teaser trailer for it here.  What are your hopes for the third season?  Where can you see the story going in this new installment?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.  Just be sure to be mindful of spoilers.