With the news last E3 that Halo Wars 2 would be coming soon, many in the gaming world were happy that Ensemble Studios’s last brainchild would be getting a sequel under the masters of real-time strategy, Creative Assembly.
Now they can be even happier, as Larry Hryb, otherwise known as Major Nelson, just tweeted that Xbox One Preview members would soon be able to play the original Halo Wars on Xbox One backwards compatibility.
“Xbox One Preview Members: Halo Wars will be playable in PREVIEW via Back Compat later today (under Ready To Install)”
Halo Wars tells an earlier side of the Human-Covenant War that formed the background of the first Halo trilogy, chronicling the journey of the UNSC ship Spirit of Fire as it fought the Covenant to keep them from awakening a massive and powerful Forerunner fleet.
The 2009 entry into the Halo canon won a lot of positive praise for how well the Ensemble Team did in getting a real-time strategy game to run well on a console, along with the story and how easy it was for newcomers to real-time strategy to pick up.
Xbox One backwards compatibility has gotten a lot of hotly-requested games into its lineup over the past several months, including such games as the highly popular character action game Bayonetta, developed by Platinum Games, and others such as the Gears of War games, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout 3, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
Xbox One backwards compatibility won a great deal of praise at Microsoft’s E3 2015 conference, especially after one of the console’s main criticisms was that backwards compatibility was nonexistent on it, even though the Xbox 360 had allowed it.
Xbox One Preview members that want to play Halo Wars can find the game in the “Ready To Install” area of their Xbox One consoles.