Halo Wars 2 is the second real-time strategy game in the Halo series; the first Halo Wars was released back in 2009 on the Xbox 360. Moving from behind the eyes of Master Chief, Halo Wars 2 takes a birds-eye view, providing an RTS experience fit for a controller.

Although the game builds on the world with its own plot line, Halo Wars 2 follows a separate cast of characters from the main series. The game focuses on the Banished alien faction for the first time in the franchise – a group which broke away from the Covenant in earlier Halo lore.

Halo Wars 2 also debuts the new Blitz game mode – a fast-paced mode which combines common RTS traits with a card and deck system. This extends the game’s resource management and spawning systems, making for a truly hectic game mode.

Releasing for Xbox One and Windows 10, Halo Wars 2 will be available on February 17, 2017. The game will also support Xbox Play Anywhere, allowing for cross-platform multiplayer, saves and purchases.

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