The official launch trailer for Halo Wars 2 reveals a few teases for the game’s plot. This friendly nudge from Microsoft reminds players just how close the game’s launch is. However, just how is the game connected to the rest of the Halo-verse?
Halo Wars 2 is the sequel of the real-time strategy (RTS) game Halo Wars. The game series is quite the departure from their parent franchise, Halo. After all, an RTS turn for the game spinoffs was quite the surprise compared to their first-person shooter (FPS) counterpart.
Regardless, Microsoft’s hopes for Halo Wars 2 appears to be strong. This is, after all, evidenced by the high-quality cutscenes for the recently-posted launch trailer for the game. However, what appears to be more intense was its foreboding plot.
Halo Wars 2: New Trailer, New Threats
The new launch trailer came courtesy of Microsoft. Similar to other teasers, the trailer seems to focus on the game’s single-player mode. Fans will instantly recognize the warship Spirit of Fire, which is the primary ship throughout the rest of the game.
The Halo Wars sequel takes place shortly after Halo 5: Guardians. The crew members of Spirit of Fire have just woken up from cryosleep, but they soon engage with the Banished. The antagonists are a Covenant splinter group headed by a fierce Brute warlord named Atriox.
However, not much is known about the history of the Banished, or why Atriox has such an iron grip towards the crew. According to Game Rant, the footage itself is not enough to get a few glimpses of just what the overarching plot of the game is. This is on top of the fact that the trailer was in fact lacking in context.
There is a shot of a Halo ring being set up in one clip. These “rings” are very integral parts of the game series’ main storyline, even serving as its namesake. The “rings” are biospheres of sorts with hidden machinations. However, given that this game takes place after Halo 5, the new Halo ring may play a role in Halo 6. The introduction of Isabel, a new artificial intelligence (AI), may also change the tide of the story. As to how important she will be, no one knows yet.
New Features, Gameplay
According to an Xbox Blog post, the game has a suite of multiplayer modes for players of varying skill levels. Players will be familiarized with common RTS elements such as base-building and unit commandeering. Domination mode will have players try to gain control of the map, while Skirmish mode allows players to go toe-to-toe with an AI or a friend. Meanwhile, Stronghold mode is a challenge of endurance as to who can hold more bases longer. Lastly, Deathmatch will force players to be the last man standing.
The game will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title. This means a single purchase of the game on Xbox One or Windows 10 will contain the alternate version with no additional cost. The game will also have a launch event on February 16.
Fans of Halo Wars and the series in general were able to test the game thanks to its pre-launch multiplayer beta. This is important as the game will be the lone Halo release for the year. Meaning, the year will be an indication of just how strong the Halo brand will remain, and Microsoft may eventually reveal what’s in store for the brand in the future.
The game officially releases on Tuesday, February 21 for the PC and Xbox One. However, Ultimate Edition owners can play the game on Friday, February 17.