Brian Jarrard, community manager at 343 Industries, announced the news in a blog post published on Xbox Wire the demo’s release. It includes a first glimpse of the campaign with mission one, “The Signal.” The demo also features the Blitz Firefight, which pits you against a throng of AI using a pre-built deck of cards from Captain Cutter or Atriox. Jarrard said in the blog post:
Fans have been eagerly diving into the battlefield, fielding armies of Scorpions, Warthogs and more. However, if you haven’t had chance to put your strategy hat on yet – surprise, the Halo Wars 2 demo is now live on Xbox One and coming soon to Windows 10 PC!…The demo is available for all Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One today, and is coming soon to anyone with a Microsoft account on Windows 10 PC.
Halo Wars 2 is set in the year 2559, a future that sees the return of the manned UNSC warship Spirit of Fire. The real-time strategy title tests players’ mettle against a new enemy called the Banished.
The official demo description states:
Real-time strategy makes an explosive return to the Halo universe in Halo Wars 2. Lead Spartans, Warthogs and other classic Halo fighting forces into war across a wide variety of single player and multiplayer modes.The Halo Wars 2 demo features the opening mission from the thrilling campaign and an exciting new game mode, Blitz Firefight. In the campaign, players will strategically command overwhelming firepower in large-scale battles against a terrifying threat facing the UNSC and all of humanity. Blitz Firefight is a fast-paced mode where players use decks of cards to summon vehicles and troops to fight against waves of AI-controlled enemies.
Halo Wars 2 is now available to purchase on both Xbox One and PC Windows as a Xbox Play Anywhere title.