Microsoft has announced to launch Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, a special update of Halo Wars 2 Blitz, on April 20. This game will for now be available to purchase on the Xbox Store, Windows Store and Steam.
Community Manager at 343 Industries Brian Jarrard said, “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the original Halo Wars that runs natively on Xbox One and Windows, featuring improved graphics, additional Achievements and includes all of the DLC created for the classic real-time strategy game.”
“Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title where your digital purchase of the game on the Xbox Store or Windows Store includes the other version at no additional cost,” he said.
RTS fans on Steam will be excited to know that Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes full support for Steam Achievements as well as a server browser, where anyone can create and host a game for others to search and join, he said.
In addition to the great campaign and multiplayer modes fans will remember, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition also features a new multiplayer session browser in place of the legacy matchmaking system. This allows players to create and join their favorite multiplayer, skirmish, or co-op campaign games quickly and easily on their preferred platform.
Studio Head of Strategy Games Development Dan Ayoub has said, “The first Halo Wars was special for so many reasons, but I always loved how great that game made RTS feel on console. As a die-hard PC RTS player, I was impressed with how well the genre’s traditional keyboard and mouse controls translated to a controller.
“When we started to work on Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, we wanted to make sure that the experience still shines and that the game looks better than it did seven years ago. However, what’s most exciting to me is finally bringing that experience to PC. Having Halo Wars on PC has been something the community has asked for since the game launched so many years ago, and it’s surreal that it has finally happened with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.”