Ahead of today’s official roll out of the Halo Wars 2 Blitz open beta which will be running from January 20 – 30, 343 Industries yesterday dropped a tutorial video and a deep dive blog post for the game. In addition to that, it seems as though the Windows 10 PC version is available to download and play right now.
Blitz is a card-based game mode in which you’ll be building a complete deck and then deploying units in an attempt to capture and certain hold control points on the map to score. Capturing one of these locations will require you to position your units over it, whether that be on the ground or directly above the location in the air.
When you hold more control points than your opponent does, you slowly rack up score points (so pretty much a strategy game version of stronghold or domination). When both teams end up holding the same number of locations, scoring will come to a halt. There are 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 options, and the beta supports matchmaking.
You will start off Halo Wars 2 with a collection of cards and earn more eventually by completing the game’s tutorial along with the daily and weekly challenges. Additionally, you can get even more cards by winning matches. In case you were wondering, cards from the beta will not be carried forward to the full game. Although, everyone who plays this 10 day Halo Wars 2 beta will be receiving two packs for the full game upon launch. One will be given when you log in and the other immediately after you complete your first match.
Being the first to reach 200 points in the match is the main objective of Blitz. Alternatively, the team with the most points when the twelve minute timer expires wins the match.
Watch the video above and read this in-depth blog post from 343 to get an incredibly detailed breakdown of how Blitz works.