gamescom 2017: A Look Ahead at Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

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Hello from gamescom 2017!

It’s been a busy six months since the launch of Halo Wars 2 and we’re really excited to have even more fun to add to the game in the very near future. We wanted to share that news with everyone who couldn’t pop over to Germany for an intimate gathering with a few hundred thousand gaming friends.

Of course our newest leader YapYap The Destroyer is a hard act to follow, and hopefully all of you are enjoying his Grunty power in the multiplayer game mode of your choice. We wanted the last of our slate of Leaders to go out with a bang and a bit of a wink, and it only made sense to tap a Grunt to add a bit of levity before the much more serious developments at gamescom.

Our biggest news at the show is the announcement that the Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare expansion will release on September 26, 2017. This Nightmare will give you a chance to spend some time as The Banished and fight like a Brute against a Flood threat to the Ark (and really the whole galaxy…the Flood doesn’t do anything halfway). We’ve been quite excited by fans’ reactions to the Banished as new enemies in Halo and this expansion will let us all get a better understanding of what it’s like to work for Atriox (hint: not super relaxing).

The Flood making a return to Halo is big news, both for the story implications (this is the threat that caused the Forerunners to kill all sentient life in the galaxy 100,000 years back…how could even someone as clever as Atriox handle it?) and because of the fun the Flood offers in a strategy game. The Flood can (and will) manifest in whatever combat forms are most deadly for a particular fight and that ever-changing threat sets up so many fun challenges to solve with the tools available in your troop, base, and Leader power sandbox.

Awakening the Nightmare will also add a whole new game mode called Terminus Firefight, where you can play solo or up to two other players as any of our Leaders against a never-ending rush of randomized enemy waves. The number of possible Leader combinations with all the different powers and hero units is going to make this mode pretty nuts – and while there will definitely be competition for highest scores – it’s going to be a great new way to team up with friends when you’re not in the mood for some Deathmatch base-rushing madness.

Add in new support for Spectator Mode and Arena tournaments, full 4K and HDR support for everybody playing on the Xbox One X and Windows 10 PC, two new Leaders coming in the form Voridus and Pavium who are responsible for unleashing (and hopefully re-leashing) the Flood in the new story, and two new competitive multiplayer maps (free for anyone with the base game) and September is going to be a big month for Halo Wars 2!

On behalf of the whole team working on the game, thank you so much for your support. Halo Wars 2 has grown so much since launch with all of the new Leaders, stories, and features, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our community. Setting the Flood loose on you is admittedly a strange way to say thanks, but in the long run we hope you understand we did it with (infectious) love.