Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy video game, in which players command armies from a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield.
Like Halo Wars, the game features two playable factions: humanity’s main military arm, the United Nations Space Command (UNSC), who return from the first game, and a new alien faction known as the Banished, who serve as replacement for the Covenant. Each faction has different leader units. The campaign mode is composed of thirteen missions, and will support cooperative gameplay.
The game features a number of multiplayer modes that can be played online with up to six players. Skirmish supports cooperative or solo play against AI opponents. Deathmatch involves fighting until only one player remains. Stronghold and Domination are multiplayer modes centred around controlling bases or nodes on the map. Blitz is a mode that combines elements from collectible card games. The mode replaces base building and resource management with a card-and-deck mechanic for unit deployment. In Blitz, players creates decks from card packs that are earning by playing the campaign mode and completing daily challenges. Each card features a unit that is deployed on the battlefield.
It is scheduled to be released on February 21 2017 for Microsoft Windows and the Xbox One video game console.