343 Industries Studio Head Dan Ayoub told an audience at the PAX West game convention this past weekend that the upcoming real-time strategy game Halo Wars 2 for the Xbox One and Windows 10 will have a mode that will give players a very different RTS gameplay experience.
Dualshockers quotes Ayoub as saying:
"One of the modes, which I can only tease for the time being, is actually a completely new way to play a RTS. It really takes standard RTS gameplay and turns it on its head. And that's a mode that can be played in a shorter time frame as well, like five, six, seven minutes."
No other info on this mysterious game mode was revealed. However, the Halo Wars 2 panel did show off some footage of the first single-player campaign mission in the game, as posted by Giuseppe's Gaming on YouTube.
Halo Wars 2, which is being co-developed by 343 Industries and The Creative Assembly, is currently scheduled for release on Feb. 21, 2017. It will be a Xbox Play Anywhere title, which means people who purchase the digital version of Halo Wars 2 on the Xbox One can get the Windows 10 version for free, and vice versa. However, Halo Wars 2 won't have cross-platform multiplayer, at least for its launch.