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Introducing Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

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For gamers, E3 might as well be held in December with how much it feels like Christmas. Each summer, fans of all walks, genres, and platforms eagerly await news on their favorite franchises, hoping to catch any bit of info they can on upcoming content. Earlier today, we teased out a couple of awesome additional experiences that Halo fans can expect to get their Mjolnir’d mitts on later this year.

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is a brand-new full expansion coming to Halo Wars 2, featuring a new campaign, two new multiplayer leaders, two new multiplayer maps, and Terminus Firefight – a unique new cooperative mode where players build both bases and armies to defend and survive against an onslaught of enemy forces. Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will be available this fall for $19.99 USD exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

A BRUTAL NEW CAMPAIGN

Expanding on the epic story from the main game, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare lets players battle through a brand-new series of campaign missions from the perspective of the Banished and experience their desperate struggle against a terrifying and ancient enemy – the Flood.

Bookending the Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare campaign will be gorgeous new cinematics by our friends and partners at Blur Studio, bringing the adventure to life in incredible detail.

TERMINUS FIREFIGHT

In addition to the Banished campaign, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare introduces a brand new cooperative experience to the Firefight family. In Terminus Firefight, up to three players amass armies to defend both their bases, and their Forerunner terminus node against an ever-increasing and intensifying hoard of attacking enemies.

Battle against UNSC, Banished, and voracious Flood forces while fighting for survival. With the ability to construct new defense measurements such as spike floors and barricades alongside classic Halo Wars gameplay features like base-building, tech trees, and Leader power usage, Terminus Firefight adds an entirely new tower defense-style twist to the beloved wave-based Halo mode.

NEW LEADERS, NEW ARENAS

Alongside the new campaign and new Terminus Firefight mode, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will include two new Banished Leaders and two new standard multiplayer maps, the latter of which will be available to all Halo Wars 2 players for free, independent of the expansion.

STILL MORE TO COME...

Even with all that this brand-new expansion offers, the Halo Wars 2 experience isn’t done yet. Playable on the show floor at E3 will be Halo Wars 2’s next playable Leaders, Spartan-II leader of Red Team, Jerome-092 and Arbiter Ripa ‘Moramee – prime antagonist of the original Halo Wars, back (but still dead) with a Banished twist. Both Jerome-092 and Arbiter Ripa ‘Moramee will be available later in June, and are included as part of the Halo Wars 2 Season Pass or available for individual purchase.

In addition, the Halo Wars 2 Season pass will have two Leaders still to come, plus an additional two campaign missions that we’ll be talking more about very soon, so stay tuned!

FAQ

Q: Is Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare available to play at E3?

A: E3 will feature an exclusive first look at the new mode from Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare called Terminus Firefight, a unique game mode where players build bases and armies to defend against waves of enemy forces.

Q: When will Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare be released?

A: Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will be available in Fall 2017.

Q:  How much will Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare cost?

A: Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will cost $19.99 USD.

Q: Does Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare come with the Season Pass? Will it be purchasable standalone?

A: No, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is a separate expansion for Halo Wars 2 and is not included as part of the Season Pass. Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will require Halo Wars 2 to play.

Q: The season pass mentions additional campaign missions – is that the same thing as Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare?

A: No, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is a separate, full expansion for Halo Wars 2.

Q: Do I have to own Halo Wars 2 to play Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare?

A: Yes, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will require Halo Wars 2 to play.

Q: Did Creative Assembly have a hand in working on the expansion?

A: Yes, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare was developed in partnership between Creative Assembly and 343 Industries.  

Q: Will Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare or Halo Wars 2 receive a patch to support HDR?

A: Both Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare and Halo Wars 2 support HDR, which was added during the Sergeant Johnson DLC in May.

Q: When do the events of Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare take place?

A: The events of Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare take place just a few months after the end of the events in Halo Wars 2. The war for control of the Ark continues to rage on and the Banished will do anything to regain the upper hand over Captain Cutter and the brave troops on board the UNSC Spirit of Fire. This willingness to risk it all, however, can have serious consequences in a place as ancient and dangerous as the Ark.

Q: How did the Flood manage to get to the Ark?

A: During the events of Halo 3, the Flood took control of High Charity, the planet-sized satellite and capital city of the Covenant. The Flood crashed High Charity on the Ark in an effort to thwart its ability to fire – and rebuild – the Halo rings. While most of the Flood threat was destroyed in the crash of High Charity and in the explosive end of Halo 3, even the smallest remaining spore of Flood can take over the galaxy, given enough time.

Q: Will the Flood be playable?

A: No. The Flood are an AI-controlled adversary in Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare and will not be a playable faction.

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