Halo Wars 2 DLC Leader Reveal – Morgan Kinsano

UPDATE (3/20): Kinsano Leader DLC is now available (Xbox One and Windows 10!). Kinsano DLC is $5.99 USD or free for Halo Wars 2 Seasons Pass owners.

“Morgan “Inferno” Kinsano first fought for the Insurrection, bringing ruin to those who threatened her home. When the Covenant came, she turned her sights on the aliens who wanted to wipe out Humanity. And now the Banished threaten Kinsano’s brothers and sisters in arms on the Spirit of Fire…and she will see the Ark burn before she lets the Banished take one more of her friends. She takes to the field in her personalized Flame Cyclops, leading the Firestorm Battle Group, a strike force of ODSTs, Marines, and Hellbringers that specialize in delivering fire to the enemies of humanity.Take the fight to the Banished with Kinsano, an explosive new force in the UNSC’s arsenal! Featuring some incendiary new units and abilities, Kinsano is ready to burn a path to victory under your command. 8 exclusive Blitz Cards including Kinsano’s Cyclops, Flame Warthog, Napalm Missiles and more. 5 Blitz Packs of Kinsano’s exclusive cards. All-new leader powers and units for use in multiplayer modes that allow Kinsano to dramatically speed up troop movement, call in fiery new vehicles and armies, and deploy raging infernos into large areas”


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.

Currently looks like early next week (originally we had hoped it would be released this week but ran into some unexpected delays in the test/cert process). In tomorrow’s Community Update I’m going to post the full patch notes (many fixes) as well as detail the balance changes and the spec for the first ranked season/playlists.

Brian Jarrard, Halo Community Manager on reddit


Original Story

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).

Halo Wars 2’s DLC will include new leaders with new abilities, new units for multiplayer, new Blitz cards, and new campaign missions that expand upon the Halo Wars 2 story. According to Halo Waypoint, the new campaign missions will be part of something called “Operation: Spearbreaker”, which I’m sure we will learn more about as we get closer to Kinsano’s release next week.

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:

 Unit/Ability  Energy  Unit Type
 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

Halo Wars 2 – Kinsano’s Blitz Cards

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!

Also check out the Halo Wars 2 Demo which is now available for both Windows 10 and Xbox One.