Microsoft has revealed more information about Halo Wars 2 during its E3 conference.

In Halo Wars 2, the crew of the Spirit of Fire find themselves on the Ark, and must face off against a new Brute foe.

In another surprising announcement, Microsoft has also announced that the Halo Wars 2 beta is available now, for free, on Xbox One.

Halo Wars 2 will release on Xbox One and PC in February 2017

Update: During the PC Gaming Show, 343 has expanded on Halo Wars 2 by detailing their goals for the PC and Xbox One community. The representative emphasized that while PC and Xbox One players can play together, the PC version won’t just be a simple port. 343 promises that players on PC will have their own keyboard specific control scheme and UI set up.

The representative also mentioned the importance of the hard core RTS community, stating that there while there will be newbie friendly modes, the hard core aspect will be an important focus.