UPDATE (3/15): Kinsano, Ranked Playlists/Leaderboards, & Patch (including damage nerf for Ander’s Sentinel units) have been delayed till at least next week, March 20-24th. – Brian Jarrard, Halo Community Manager on reddit
During 343 Industries panel at Pax East, Halo Wars 2: Creating the Story, Art, and content yet to come, they revealed the first DLC leader for Halo Wars 2 – Morgan Kinsano, a UNSC Hellbringer leader. Kinsano is the first of many leaders on their way to the game through 343 Industries and Creative Assembly’s post-launch schedule. Together, they’re aiming to add DLC content every 3rd Wednesday of every month, for at least 6 months. This content is only available through the game’s $30 season pass which was also bundled with the Ultimate Edition of the game. Halo community manager, Brian Jarrard, did mention during the panel that people will be able to buy the DLC à la carte – however there is currently no information or pricing information for the DLC at this time. Kinsano and new campaign missions will be released sometime during the week of March 13th (date TBA).
Kinsano is a UNSC Hellbringer Leader that focuses on speed, unit buffs, AOE and DOT abilities, and fire… lots of fire. 343 Industries announced during the panel that they have plenty of leaders coming to Halo Wars 2 including some fan favorites and some “a little bit silly”. Since the multiplayer experience does not take place in official canonical space, they have the freedom to have leaders like Sergeant Forge in the game.
Kinsano’s exclusive Blitz units and abilities:
|Flame Warthog||50||Vehicle – Core Vehicle|
|Helldrop (Ability)||60||Power – Deploy|
|Veteran Hellbringers||70||Infantry – Anti-Infantry|
|Hellcharge (Ability)||80||Power – Utility|
|Veteran Flame ‘Hog||100||Vehicle – Core Vehicle|
|Napalm Missiles (Ability)||100||Power – Damage|
|Inferno (Ability)||180||Power – Damage|
|Kinsano’s Cyclops||240||Vehicle – Hero|
At the panel 343 Industries brought along some multiplayer gameplay footage using the new leader to showcase the new units and leader abilities. You can watch it here.
What are your thoughts on Kinsano? What other leaders would you like to see added to Halo Wars 2? Let us know!