Halo Wars 2 launches next month on Xbox One and Windows 10, and with it comes a new off-shoot game mode called ‘Halo Wars 2: Blitz’ which takes the RTS action and adds in some card collecting antics. Odd. Let’s take a look at how the rise in digital card games are influencing this decision.
“Blitz is our new twist on RTS gameplay that combines the deck building and split-second decision making of card-based strategy play with explosive tactical combat in the Halo universe. Your card deck, along with your faction leader, are your greatest resources as you assemble a collection of air, ground and infantry units and seek to out-think and out-maneuver your opponents on the battlefield.”
During combat, you will be able to wield powerful cards that will be able to turn the tide of battle. It’s likely that your opponent won’t know what cards you have available to you, which makes the battles tense and exciting. Cards are earned during campaign and multiplayer play, along with daily and weekly challenges.
The Witcher 3 included an in-game card game called Gwent which was so popular, many players took a pause from their adventure with Geralt to instead just play Gwent all day. So popular, that CD Projekt RED have begun developing a spin-off online card game under the same title, due for release this year.
Most games now include digital cards in some capacity, whether it’s Gears of War 4, Halo 5 Guardians and of course EA’s sports titles. Will you be able to buy packs of cards in Halo Wars 2? I’d say it’s highly probable…
A beta for Blitz mode will be available from January 20th, and will run for 10 days. Halo Wars 2 launches on February 21st.