During the E3 2016 Xbox Media Briefing today, we were excited and honored to share a brand new glimpse into a long awaited sequel – and next great adventure in our universe – Halo Wars 2. Created by 343 Industries and Real-Time Strategy genre veterans Creative Assembly, Halo Wars 2 lets fans on both Windows 10 and Xbox One go from the couch to the command chair to lead their forces against the enemy throughout an epic campaign and intense multiplayer action. Plus, we announced an online Multiplayer Beta running from Jun 13-20 that you can download and play right now on Xbox One.
Brought to life through detailed in-game graphics and the incredible cinematic artistry of Blur Studio, the story of Halo Wars 2 explores a vital and exciting corner of the Halo universe directly after the events of Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo Wars 2 lets players craft creative new strategies with an incredible array of units to take part in some of Halo’s biggest battles yet. With an impressive array of unique missions and modes, Halo Wars 2 will challenge strategy fans, story buffs, and gamers of all skill levels in fun and rewarding ways. Here is an early overview of some of the exciting new modes players will be able to experience:
Skirmish (Solo and Online Multiplayer Co-op): Test your battle strategies against a range of AI difficulty levels. Fight across all the environments and multiplayer game modes with as many AI and co-op friends (or enemies!) as each mode will allow.
Strongholds (Online Multiplayer): Playable on the E3 show floor, Strongholds is a fast-paced, timed game mode where the objective is to control more bases than your opponent when the timer stops.
Domination (Online Multiplayer): Available in the online multiplayer Beta, Domination, lets you build your base, build your army, and battle for control of the map and supremacy of the Ark! Take control of distinct nodes on the map and hold them long enough to win the game. There’s no time limit and a match will end when one player has held enough nodes to get the enemy counter down to zero.
Deathmatch (Online Multiplayer): Available in the online multiplayer Beta, Deathmatch will task players with building their base and army, but instead of fighting for map control you’ll fight until only one player remains standing. Outthink, outflank, and outlast your opponents.
Blitz (Solo and Online Multiplayer): Blitz is an all-new multiplayer mode that is an exciting addition to the Halo Wars series and offers a unique approach to RTS gameplay. Look for more details on this mode to be released in Fall 2016.