Halo Wars 2 was fleshed out a bit more today during Microsoft’s E3 presser. A cinematic trailer was on display to show the premise of the game off, and it was quite impressive. The score behind it was heavy, with a surrounding war frozen in the background to cement the tone.
The title’s lead developer came onto the floor to then announce that Halo Wars 2 would be available as a free beta as of today. The game itself proper will be releasing on February 21st, 2017. Here’s Microsoft’s official info drop:
“343 Industries and Creative Assembly bring you the explosive return of real-time strategy to the Halo universe in Halo Wars 2. Build and command powerful armies of vehicles and troops in epic battles on the biggest Halo battlefield ever. Experience an all-new story across 13 action-packed campaign missions. Play with or against friends, or matchmake with the Xbox Live community in a variety of multiplayer modes supporting up to 6 players. Join the Multiplayer Beta 6/13/2016 – 6/20/2016.”
And the game’s synopsis:
“In Halo Wars 2, the Spirit of Fire and her crew, led by Captain Cutter, face a deadly new faction known as The Banished. Their chief, the Brute warlord Atriox, is both a deadly warrior and brilliant military leader in control of a massive army. The key to victory is knowing your enemy, but Atriox is a threat no one is prepared for.”
Here’s the cinematic trailer that was released:
And finally, here is some in-game beta footage: