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Halo Wars 2 cross play held back by “longer standing engine reasons,” says Phil Spencer

Halo Wars 2, the sequel to the 2009 Xbox 360 RTS game will be the next Xbox Play Anywhere title to be released on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 next month. However, unlike Killer Instinct, Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3, the latest game from Microsoft Studios won’t support cross-play multiplayer accross both platforms (via Stevivor). Over the weekend, Xbox head Phil Spencer explained on Twitter that this is the result of “some longer standing engine reasons”:

If the game won’t support cross-platform multiplayer, gamers who buy Halo Wars 2 on the Windows Store will still be able to start playing on their Xbox One and pick up where they left off on their Windows PC, with shared progress and achievements. Halo Wars 2 will be released worldwide on February 21, and we also remind you that you have until today to try the free beta of the game’s Blitz mode.

Halo Wars 2 - Pre-Order
Developer: Microsoft Studios
Price: Free+
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  • Halo Wars 2 - Pre-Order Screenshot
  • Halo Wars 2 - Pre-Order Screenshot
  • Halo Wars 2 - Pre-Order Screenshot
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Are you disappointed by the absence of cross-play multiplayer in Halo Wars 2?