As expected, Halo Wars 2 made an appearance at Microsoft’s E3 conference with a cinematic trailer showing off the new antagonist, a Brute general by the name of Atriox. But 343 Executive Producer Dan Ayoub also took the stage during the PC Gaming Show and shared some of the first gameplay.

The first mission in the game, the player is just trying to set up a foothold. Focusing on great graphics and having really good feedback for the player, 343 and Creative Assembly wanted to make the game not nearly as daunting as RTS titles usually are. Internally the team actually prefers to call it ‘an action RTS.’

Speaking during the Microsoft conference, Ayoub described the game, saying, “In Halo Wars 2, the Spirit of Fire and her crew, led by Captain Cutter, face a deadly new faction known as The Banished. Their chief, the Brute warlord Atriox, is both a deadly warrior and brilliant military leader in control of a massive army. The key to victory is knowing your enemy, but Atriox is a threat no one is prepared for.”

Halo Wars 2 will be available on both Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 21st 2017 but if you can’t wait the beta is available right now until June 19th.

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