Halo Wars 2 Gets Spectacle-Laden Launch Trailer Ahead Of Release

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Halo Wars 2 will be arriving on Xbox One and Windows 10 in just over two weeks’ time, potentially bringing with it a shot in the arm for the RTS genre on consoles. Real-time strategy has never been a particularly popular genre outside of the PC scene, but with Microsoft’s spinoff series carrying the iconic Halo name, it’s one that has enjoyed a great deal of popularity on the platform.

I must admit, though, I had my concerns for the sequel following its first beta test last year. While clearly a long way from being finished during that period, Creative Assembly and 343 Industries’ follow-up to the original Halo Wars suffered from rather glaring balance issues in the early days, something that has largely been addressed since, made evident by the┬ámuch more impressive beta test held last month. Besides the obvious improvements to pacing, the recently-announced Blitz Mode, which splices traditional RTS elements with card-based strategy has proven to be an excellent addition to the package.

In case you’re not up-to-date on the wider series lore, Halo Wars 2 takes place 28 years after the original, where the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire has awoken from cryosleep to find the Ark, a Forerunner installation last seen in Halo 3. Unaware that┬áthe Human/Covenant war has since ended, the crew disembark only to find The Banished, a cell of Brutes that split from the now-defunct alien coalition that’s led by the powerful warlord Atriox. For a more intimate view of all the parties involved in Halo Wars 2‘s story, see the foreboding launch trailer above.

Halo Wars 2 releases February 21 for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Source: GameSpot