Halo Wars 2 Getting Physical Release for Windows 10, Play Anywhere Eligible

by Matthew Hayes

(Photo: THQ Nordic)

THQ Nordic is partnering up with Microsoft to bring Halo Wars 2 to Windows 10 in a physical retail package. That's pretty exciting news, but it gets even better. This is going to be a pretty special collector's edition, with a fancy box and everything, and it's going to be eligible as a "Play Anywhere" title.

"Both the Standard and Ultimate Edition of Halo Wars 2 will be available at retail stores with high-quality packaging. The physical retail release of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition is stunning and provides fans with four-day early access to the core game, a Season Pass and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, an enhanced version of the original Halo Wars that is playable on both Windows 10 and Xbox One as an Xbox Play Anywhere title."

So for those of you who haven't already been keeping track, the Ultimate Edition of Halo Wars 2 will be releasing on February 17, and the standard version will release on February 21. Either way, you don't have long to wait.

Typically the Xbox One Play Anywhere games have to be bought digitally for Xbox One, and then you unlock the game on a Windows 10 PC that's tied to your Xbox Live account. This release is special because it will enable fans to seek out a physical version of the game, and still unlock the companion version. This will be especially tempting for those of you who are part of some loyalty rewards program that offers discounts on new physical games like Amazon Prime or Best Buy Gamer's Club unlocked.

Lars Wingefors, founder and CEO of THQ Nordic, had the following to say about this special release: “After working on so many titles together with Microsoft in 2016, we are stoked to start the year with another partnership. Being able to deliver such a big franchise to RTS and Halo fans alike, the opportunity to buy and own this game in a beautiful physical shape is something we appreciate a lot.”

If you already bought Halo Wars 2 digitally, don't worry: we have a feeling the game will be just as fun.

By Matthew Hayes

Matthew loves artistic games, RPG loot, all things Nintendo, and esoteric philosophy - if you want to buy him something for his birthday, that's all you need to know. In person, a meek dog-lover. Online, an overly competitive villain. Favorite games include Persona 4 Golden, Rainbow Six Siege, Dark Souls, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and Jet Set Radio.