Halo Wars 2 coming February 21, 2017, beta playable today

We've known that Halo Wars - the Xbox 360 real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe - was getting an unlikely sequel, but we've got a concrete release date now. Halo Wars 2 is coming February 21 of 2017 on Xbox One and Windows 10, but you can take part in a week-long open beta right now.

Halo Wars 2 will follow the crew of the Spirit of Fire, which was the same squad from the first game, as they orbit something called The Ark. They're fighting a new faction called The Banished, and their leader is a warlord named Atriox. Not much else is known about the story, but you'll be able to experience the beta starting today, June 13, which will last through June 20.

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