'Halo Wars 2' news: New cinematic trailer released

(Screenshot/ Xbox official YouTube channel)Captain James Cutter faces off against new enemy Atriox in "Halo Wars 2."

A new cinematic trailer was launched today as the full release of "Halo Wars 2" is already on the horizon.

Aaron Greenberg, head of Xbox Games marketing at Microsoft, tweeted last Saturday that fans can expect lots of surprises coming this week, and added the hashtag "#HaloWars2HypeTrainBoardingNow." Moreover, games media veteran Geoff Keighley also took to his Twitter to share that he had met with Greenberg and saw the cinematic trailer, which he described as "epic."

Earlier last week, the game's developers, 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, published an infographic, detailing the various achievements of players during the pre-release play period that lasted for 10 days. Some of the most notable achievements include "Cutter," the most popular leader; "ODST Drop," which is the most used leader power; and "Point B," which is most contested capture point. It also garnered over 796 thousand hours of total gameplay.

Meanwhile, tech and gadget website Neowin reported that a Halo Wars 2 event will be hosted by 343 Industries and Microsoft on Feb. 7 at the Microsoft Store in New York City. The event will feature the developers playing the upcoming game, and they will also answer questions after. Furthermore, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, Director of Programming for Xbox Live, will also appear in the event.

Last month, Microsoft announced that a "Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition Bundle" is slated for release on Feb. 17 for Xbox One S. The bundle, which will retail for $350, comes with a 1 TB console, a copy of the strategy game sequel's Ultimate Edition, and a bonus 14-day trial membership for the Xbox Live Gold.

The Halo Wars bundle joins the ranks of other Xbox One S bundles released by Microsoft, such as "Gears of War 4," "FIFA 17," "Madden NFL 17," "Minecraft," "Halo 5," "Battlefield 1," and "Gears of War 4." Launched last summer, the Xbox One S is a smaller version of the Xbox One, and it comes with HDR, 4K support, a wireless controller with Bluetooth features, and textured grips.