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Fans who pre-order the digital version of Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition will receive a code for an early access copy of the all-new Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. This post will be updated with information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions related to the Halo Wars: Definitive Edition early access program.

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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Early Access


Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the real-time strategy classic, Halo Wars, offering an updated chance to go back to the early beginnings of the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC and experience the epic saga in brand-new ways. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition has been rebuilt to be better than ever:
  • Optimized to run natively on Xbox One and Windows 10
  • Improved visual effects, graphics and audio
  • Up to 4K resolution on Windows 10 PC
  • Includes all DLC from the original game
  • Brand-new achievements (see below!)
  • Bonus Content
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?
A: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is part of the Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition, which also includes the Halo Wars 2 Season Pass.

Q: How do I get early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?
A: Everyone who pre-orders the digital version of the Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One or Windows 10 will receive a token for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. Tokens begin rolling out on Dec. 20, 2016 and will be sent in waves. You can order the digital version of the Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition from the Xbox Store, Windows Store, Xbox.com, or participating retailers.

Q: I pre-ordered a digital version of Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition. How do I get my Halo Wars: Definitive Edition code?
A: If you ordered from the Xbox Store, Windows Store, or Xbox.com, the code will be sent to your Xbox message center. Log into your Xbox One, the Xbox App on Windows 10 or Xbox.com to check your message center. Tokens will begin rolling out on Dec. 20, 2016. It may take 7 – 10 days to receive your token after pre-ordering Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition.
If you pre-ordered the digital version from a participating retailer, you should receive a token for Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition. Log into your Xbox account and enter that token. Your Halo Wars: Definitive Edition token will be sent to that account within 7 – 10 days (starting Dec. 20, 2016).

Q: How do I redeem my Halo Wars: Definitive Edition token?
A: Check this page for how to enter tokens: Xbox.com/howtoredeem-console

Q: What are the new achievements in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?
A: Check out this news story for a full listing of all the new achievements included with Halo Wars: DE (1,500 total gamerscore!).

Q: How will I match with other players in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?
A: Players will have access to a brand new game session browser that allows for complete customization of game creation and search parameters for skirmish, campaign, and multiplayer PvP modes. Searching or creating a game can be done with just a few button clicks.

Q: What will I be able to configure for creating and searching games in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?
A: When creating or searching games, players will be able to configure the following:
1. Private or Public Game
2. Game Type: Skirmish or Campaign
If Skirmish is chosen as Game Type:
3. Players: 1v1, 2v2, 3v3
4. Map: Specific lists for 1v1, 2v2, 3v3
5. Mode: Standard, Deathmatch, Keep Away, Tug of War, Reinforcement
6. AI Difficulty: Easy, Normal, Heroic, Legendary
If Campaign is chosen as Game Type: (campaign only supports co-op for 2 players, so no team selection size here):
7. Mission: Any, List of each unlocked mission
8. Campaign Difficulty: Any, Easy, Normal, Heroic, Legendary

Q: What are the system requirements for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?
A: System reqs are as follows:
Minimum:
OS : 64-bit Windows 10
DirectX: DirectX 11 (Feature Level 11_0)
CPU: Intel Core i3 or equivalent
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4200, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M | AMD Radeon R5 M240
VRAM: 512MB

Recommended (1080@60)
OS: 64-bit Windows 10
DirectX: DirectX 11 (Feature Level 11_0)
CPU: Intel Core i5 or Equivalent
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 560, 650, 750 | AMD HD 5850, 6870, 7790

Ultra
OS: 64-bit Windows 10
DirectX: DirectX 11 (Feature Level 11_0)
CPU: Intel Core i7 or Equivalent
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 580, 670, 960 | AMD R9 270, 280, 290

Q: Where do I go for support or further assistance?
A: The 343 team will do their best to monitor the Waypoint forums and keep this FAQ up to date as new info becomes available. However for official support needs, please visit http://support.xbox.com/en-US/contact-us.

Early Access & Known Issues
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is being released as an Early Access game beginning December 20, 2016. While the game is a complete experience, we are considering this initial availability “Early Access”, as there are some tweaks and improvements that will be made to the game as we support Halo Wars: Definitive Edition over the coming months.

Being an Early Access title means that we need to acknowledge a handful of issues that we are looking at improving in the near future:
  1. On PC, the first time you run the game, there can be a delay of approximately a minute before the game launches. On subsequent launches, the game will launch normally.
  2. We are looking to improve the multiplayer game flow and messaging in the future. This means you move to the most appropriate screens as you step through the process of starting/joining a multiplayer match.
  3. In multiplayer, you need to click the Search button at the bottom of the screen when searching for a match, click the Ready button when you have joined a match and are ready to start the game, and click the Publish button when creating a new multiplayer match. Clicking these buttons will allow you to proceed with the game.
  4. In some cases, voice chat defaults to “all”, even if you’re on opposing teams. In a 1v1 game situation you may want to mute your microphone to avoid inadvertently giving strategic insights to your opponent. On team games, depending on the platform, you may want to use Party Chat instead. This obviously isn’t ideal and is something the team will address going forward.
  5. If your computer hardware is lower end, please go to the Options menu and turn down the game settings to optimally enjoy the game.