Xbox and the people behind Halo Wars 2 brought the pressure of a high-stakes RTS to life to celebrate the game’s beta launch this week. Without knowing what lay ahead, guests were led into a Halo-themed command centre, where live actors supposedly reporting from the field shouted at them a lot.
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Guests included journalists and YouTubers, who were presented with a series of engagements in Halo Wars 2. Actors playing UNSC field commanders gave a choice of battle plans, challenging guests to choose the best option against the clock. Hesitating or screwing up led to lots of dead troops, and a chance for the actor to give their best ‘killed by aliens’ scream.