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Halo Wars 2 open beta kicks off June 13

Xbox Store outs 343 and Creative Assembly's E3 playtest

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Microsoft will give Halo fans a chance to try out Halo Wars 2 from June 13-20 on Xbox One, according to a listing on the Xbox Store. 343 Industries and Creative Assembly will release an open beta for the strategy game next week, starting the day before E3 2016 officially kicks off.

The Xbox Store listing notes that the 13 GB download will support up to six players in the multiplayer beta. Expect more in the way of details on Monday, during Microsoft's E3 media briefing.

For now, check out a batch of new screenshots of Halo Wars 2 in the gallery below, which were originally posted to Reddit earlier today

Halo Wars 2, a follow up to Ensemble Studios' real-time strategy game from 2009 (which is now backward compatible on Xbox One), was announced at last year's Gamescom. The sequel is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One.