Although the Halo franchise didn't make an appearance at Microsoft's E3 event in any form, a new announcement by 343 Industries has now unveiled a brand new expansion for Halo Wars 2. The upcoming expansion is titled Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare, and includes a new campaign, two Banished multiplayer leaders, and even a co-op mode.
Unlike the base game's campaign, where the storyline takes place from the UNSC's side, the expansion's campaign presents players with the perspective of the Banished, who are locked in battle with the Flood, the parasitic aliens that infect any life form they encounter.
The expansion's brand new cooperative mode goes by the name 'Terminus Firefight'. The game mode allows up to three players to band together and protect their bases as well as a Forerunner terminus node against an onslaught of enemies that increase in intensity with time.
The new game mode is described by 343 Industries as follows:
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.
Base game owners are receiving some content as well, with two new standard multiplayer maps set to arrive for all Halo Wars 2 owners free of charge.
Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare will be available this fall for Xbox One and Windows 10, with a $19.99 price tag. Note that this expansion is not included in the Halo Wars 2 season pass, and needs to be purchased separately.
Source: Halo Waypoint