Halo Wars 2 launches just over a week from today on February 17, 2017. It’ll drop for the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. This newest trailer makes the game’s storyline look fantastic.

It appears that a half-crewed UNSC ship finds its way onto a planet expecting Covenant resistance. What they encounter is a stronger, more vicious Brute that will totally wreck their hopes. There’s a ton of emotion and brutality on display in the trailer with CG work from Blur, the studio that’s done a lot for this franchise.

Check out the clip:

The original Halo Wars featured a great campaign, too

I was a bit deflated by the storytelling of Halo after Halo 2 and Halo 3. Bungie managed to take what worked in the original and layer it with far too much lore to make the narrative easy to understand. The plot was rife with profits, funky names and odd twists. Please explain in the comments below why I should care about Gravemind.

Halo Wars, though, featured an easy to understand story that pitched perfectly throughout its telling. It’s for that reason that I’m looking forward to Halo Wars 2. Well, that and the fact that I really dug the RTS experience from my couch. I’m looking forward to that again, too.