Halo Wars 2 is a real time strategy game set in the sci-fi Halo universe in the year 2559. The storyline of Halo Wars 2 picks up 28 years after the events of Halo Wars. The crew of the warship Spirit of Fire have woken from their extended cryosleep. They soon find out that humans have defeated the Covenant, the alliance of alien factions that were at war in Halo Wars. They have also discovered that they were declared lost in space while in cryosleep for 28 years. The new threat and latest threat facing humanity and the crew of the Spirit of Fire is an alien faction called the Banished.
Halo Wars 2 is the sequel to the 2009 release of Halo Wars that was originally released for the Xbox 360 and PC. Halo Wars 2 will be available for both the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows PC. The game is played from the top down perspective, similar to what is found in most real time strategy games.
The game also features two playable factions, humans under the United Nations Space Command and the Banished, a new alien faction led by a warlord named Atriox. The game’s campaign mode contains 13 missions which can be played as a single player or cooperative. Each faction in Halo Wars 2 have unique units and leaders. Units for both factions have their own strengths and weaknesses, typically strong against one unit type and weak against another.
There are also a number of multiplayer models available for Halo Wars 2 which are played online and support up to six players. Modes available include Skirmish for both cooperative team play vs live players as well as individual play against AI controlled opponents. Other modes include Deathmath, Stronghold, Domination and Blitz.
In terms of timeline within the Halo series, Halo Wars 2 takes place 20 years before the first game in the series Halo: Combat Evolved but the storyline does not intertwine or cross over at any point with other games in the series other than Halo Wars.