A physical version of Halo Wars 2 will be available at brick-and-mortar retailers on PC, it was announced today.
Microsoft has partnered with THQ Nordic to launch the Windows 10 version of the RTS at retailers, with the standard ($60) and Ultimate Edition ($80) versions vailable. The Ultimate Edition comes with a number of benefits, including access to the game four days early and the game’s season pass. It also includes the Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, which is an “enhanced” version of the first game.
Halo Wars 2 for PC at retail comes with a code to download the game, as well as discs. You need to log on to the internet to activate the game, but you only have to do this once.
Because you’re getting a digital copy of Halo Wars 2, you will enjoy the benefits of the game being an Xbox Play Anywhere title. This means you’ll also have access to the game on Xbox One, with your saves and achievements available on each platform.
THQ Nordic and Microsoft previously teamed up for Quantum Break’s Timeless Collector’s Edition and Ori and the Blind Forest’s Definitive Edition.
“After working on so many titles together with Microsoft in 2016, we are stoked to start the year with another partnership,” THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors said in a statement. “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.”
343 Industries studio head Dan Ayoub added: “For fans who love to own the box, we’re excited to partner with THQ Nordic and bring Halo Wars 2 to physical release on Windows 10.”
Halo Wars 2 launches for Xbox One and PC on February 21.