May 24 2016 - 5:28 pm

Will the Halo Wars 2 Competitive Community Receive Dedication

In this article I talk about 343's next major title Halo Wars and why I believe 343 will start to show some interest to its competitive community.
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Ever since 343 started to show serious dedication to the competitive Halo community back in Halo 2: Anniversary, the competitive community has started to grow at a very fast rate. Many of the top organizations have viewed this spark in community growth as a great opportunity to invest in Halo by signing long term teams to make their mark in the scene. With so many opportunities popping up for Halo ever since 343 started to show more dedication, I can only wonder if 343 will do the same for Halo Wars 2.

Halo Wars is one of those games that almost everyone in the community knows about. It was a real time strategy game that combined the Halo theme with similar mechanics you would see from Starcraft to make Halo’s first ever strategy game. Considering its lowered expectations, Halo Wars proved to be a great success for the community. Most people enjoyed the game and, for the most part, we wanted to see a series of Halo Wars games. 

Although Halo Wars is in its own realm compared to other Halo titles, it showed us that Halo as we know it could work in a real time strategy platform. In fact, this is what Halo was originally designed to be until Microsoft forced Bungie to change their plans to make Halo a First Person Shooter for the Xbox back in 2001 making Halo: Combat Evolved. Although it was wise for Microsoft to force Bungie to do this, considering how Halo would have to compete with eSports giant Starcraft back in 2001 while the FPS scene at that time was looking for the next big title, many wondered what a Real Time Strategy version of Halo would have felt like.

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Compared to the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One is starting to make a much more serious impact on the esports scene. With several more titles to work with competitively as exclusive games such as Halo 5, Gears of War 4 and potentially Overwatch, if Xbox provides them with an exclusive contract like they did with Call of Duty a few years ago, we should not be surprised if 343 develops an interest in showing dedication to the competitive scene once Halo Wars 2 comes out. One of my biggest theories for why Ensemble Studios, the developer of Halo Wars, and Bungie never showed much dedication to the competitive Halo Wars scene back in its launch in 2009 was that Starcraft was still an esports giant, arguably being the most popular esport at that time. Competing against them when Halo Wars was much more limited since it was on a console instead of the PC would not have been a smart move, but now that the Starcraft community is a lot quieter than before, this may be the opportunity 343 needs to truly launch this series.

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At the end of the day, this is all speculation and nothing has been confirmed but the reality is that Halo Wars for the most part was a very successful game. Bungie’s lack of dedication for the game throughout its lifetime seemed very strange at first, but in my opinion, the game was released at the wrong time if Ensemble and Bungie wanted to do something serious with this series. Now I think 343 views this time as a great opportunity to take their momentum built from Halo 5’s success and really spark the Halo Wars community once again to solidify it as a top game for Xbox. I would not be surprised if we were to see some major tournaments going on for the game, at least in its first year.


What do you think about the Halo Wars 2 competitive community receiving dedication? Let me know in the comments section below.

Credited images got to Halo Waypoint, Starcraft Wikia and Ensemble Studios

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