Halo Wars 2 is an upcoming real-time strategy (RTS) video game developed by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, and published by Microsoft Studios. It is scheduled to be released on February 21, 2017, for Microsoft Windows and the Xbox One video game console. Halo Wars 2 takes place in the science fictional universe of the Halo series, during the 26th century. The game is set in 2559, 28 years after the events of Halo Wars and directly after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. The game is set in the science fiction universe of the Halo series and is a sequel to the 2009 video game Halo Wars. The game sees the return of the human crew aboard the UNSC warship Spirit of Fire and introduces a new alien faction known as the Banished. The game features a number of multiplayer modes that can be played online with up to six players. Skirmish supports cooperative or solo play against AI opponents. Deathmatch involves fighting until only one player remains.Stronghold and Domination are multiplayer modes centred around controlling bases or nodes on the map. Blitz is an all-new multiplayer mode.