Halo Wars 2 won’t have HDR support on Xbox One Halo Wars 2 won’t have HDR support on Xbox One
Halo Wars 2 design director spills the beans. Halo Wars 2 won’t have HDR support on Xbox One

One of the most requested games from the Halo community will finally hit Xbox One and PC next month.

Halo Wars 2 will come as a Xbox Play Anywhere title, and it stands to be even more popular than the original: according to Xbox, Halo Wars still clocks some one million hours per week across both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


Set to release on February 21, Halo Wars 2 promises to evolve and improve upon its predecessor’s best traits. With Total War developer and genre heavyweight Creative Assembly collaborating with lead dev 343 Industries, Halo Wars 2 will help kickstart the year for Xbox fans.

Unfortunately, however, Halo Wars 2 will skip out on the improved visual quality offered by HDR.


Speaking with Fenix Bazaar in a soon-to-be-published interview, 343 Industries design director, Clay Jensen, revealed the news.

“I wish that I could say yes,” Jensen said when asked if Halo Wars 2 would support HDR. “Unfortunately, we are not going to have HDR support for Halo Wars 2. We do support 4K on PC, which looks gorgeous, and you definitely need to play that because it’s stunning.”


Jensen explained that 343 would ultimately love to support HDR in the future, but that it wouldn’t happen with Halo Wars 2.

“It’s something that, certainly in future titles, we’ll be looking to support it. Unfortunately, not for this launch,” he said.

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While that is sure to disappoint some recent Xbox One S purchasers, the good news is that Halo Wars 2 is looking and sounding every bit as good if not better than the original. Stay tuned for our full interview with Jensen in the coming days.

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  • Barters81

    January 18, 2017 #1 Author

    So what is actually required by a dev to support HDR? I’ve often wondered this as some games were very quick to add HDR support while others you’d think are obvious……Battlefield 1 for ps4 haven’t.

    • Master Fenix

      January 18, 2017 #2 Author

      I suspect in reference to BF1, it was supported due to early release of Xbox One S, so they jumped on that quickly. Once the install bases grow I assume more games will have it.

      • Barters81

        January 18, 2017 #3 Author

        Battlefield 1 on PS4 (and Pro) doesn’t have HDR for PS4 though, only Xbox One S.

        They release HDR for Ratchet and Clank, nba2k etc on the day, but nothing for Battlefield or various other games.