Halo Wars 2 drops in just a little over a month from today, and Microsoft's launched an open beta to whet your appetite for the new RTS game. The beta is available for gamers on both Xbox One and Windows PC, clocking in at about 10GB to download.
The new beta introduces one of the game's new modes, Blitz. According to the Halo Waypoint blog, Blitz mixes up the traditional RTS formula by adding a deck-building, CCG aspect to the game. In Blitz, players spend energy accumulated in the game to redeem cards, which can grant new units, bonuses, or brand new vehicles. Every leader has their own deck (which you can customize and save, if you wish), and the cards will be dealt to you at random as you proceed through each match.
The whole thing sounds super interesting, but there's definitely a lot of new information to take in, especially for those of us who haven't played some Halo Wars in a long time. Fortunately, 343 put up a new video tutorial for the game, and recommend playing through the tutorial yourself once you get the beta installed.
I'm actually really excited about Halo Wars 2 -- I played the first game obsessively back when it came out in 2009. I'll be curious to see if they've recaptured the same magic while still giving the new game some room to feel a little bit different. If this new mode's any indication, it seems like that might be the case.
What do you guys think of Halo Wars 2's new mode? Who's going to be playing the beta?