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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition - Now Available!

By 343 Industries -

Today we’re excited for the release of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition for individual purchase on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, and Steam! Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the beloved real-time strategy classic, Halo Wars, and offers fans both new and old an updated chance to go back to the early beginnings of the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC. Rebuilt to be better than ever, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes awesome new features that let you experience the original story in brand-new ways.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Optimized to run natively on Xbox One and PC platforms
  • Improved visual effects, graphics and audio
  • Up to 4K resolution on PC
  • Includes all DLC from the original game
  • New Achievements
  • Bonus Content

We’re stoked to open up this exciting chapter of the Halo universe to a brand-new generation and platform of players, and look forward to interacting with you all on the forums and on social. For more information on things like system requirements, as well as answers to some common queries folks might have, check out our FAQ below.

We’ll see you on the Spirit of Fire

FAQ

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is now available for standalone purchase for $19.99 in the Xbox Store, Windows Store and on Steam.

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Q: What are the PC system requirements for "Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?"

WINDOWS 10

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Architecture: x64
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Video Memory: 1 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or Equivalent
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200 NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M AMD Radeon R5 M240

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Architecture: x64
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Video Memory: 1 GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or Equivalent
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 560, 650, 750 AMD HD 5850, 6870, 7790

STEAM

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or Equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4200 NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M AMD Radeon R5 M240
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or Equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 560, 650, 750 AMD HD 5850, 6870, 7790
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 12 GB available space

Q: Is there matchmaking for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition?

A: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition features a robust multiplayer session browser that allows players to create and join their favorite multiplayer, skirmish or co-op campaign games quickly and easily on their preferred platform.

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’s the difference between the “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition” on Steam versus the “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition” on Windows 10 PC?

A: The overall gameplay experience will be the same across both the Steam and Windows 10 PC, although system requirements will vary by platform.

Q: Will the Steam version of “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition” support shared saves, progression and achievements with the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC version of the game?

A: No. Features such as shared saves, progression and Achievements are made possible by the fact that the unified Xbox Store and Windows Store share user accounts through Xbox Live.

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.

Q: Will “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition” support Steam Workshop?

A: While we don’t plan to block modding of Halo Wars: DE unless it negatively impacts competitive balance, there are currently no plans to officially support Steam Workshop. We know there’s a lot of early community interest in this area and it’s something the team will continue to monitor and assess going forward.

Q: Will there be cross-platform play between Steam and Windows 10 PC?

A: No, playing online multiplayer is exclusive to the specific platform version of the game.

Q: Are there Steam Achievements as well as Xbox?

A: Yes! The Steam Achievement list is identical to the ones found on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

Q: Where do I go for support or further assistance?
A: The 343 team will do their best to monitor community 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.