At Gamescom last August, Microsoft announced that Halo Wars 2 would be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs during the holiday season of 2016.
The title, expected to hit the Xbox One via backwards compatibility in the near future, would make a great candidate for PC this Summer.
Last year, when Bethesda announced Fallout 4 at E3 2015, it did so with a companion game, Fallout Shelter on iOS and Android, to get people excited for the upcoming game. Microsoft could use the same tactic by making the original game available more than just Xbox One console gamers, but also to PC gamers.
The big difference between making the original game compatible with Xbox One and porting it to the PC is the control scheme. Halo Wars worked so well because it was built for the Xbox 360 controller from the ground up. The upcoming Halo Wars 2 will have both keyboard and mouse as well as controller support, as it will also have been designed for both from the beginning.
How will Microsoft handle this task, or is this enough to kill the Halo Wars PC project? Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said that he listens to feedback of gamers and try to act on what they can.
If Spencer takes the stage at E3 to announce that Halo Wars 2 is indeed on track and will be released this holiday season, Halo Wars for PC would be a great way to whet people’s appetite for the new game.