For those that pre-ordered the Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition a nice little bonus of the original Halo Wars remastered (Halo Wars Definitive Edition) came with the purchase. While codes have been being sent out for about a week now, apparently the game is going to be able to be purchased separately in 2017.
“When you pre-order Halo Wars 2, you’ll recieve a code for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition when the game is made available early on December 20, 2016.” This much we already knew. Reading a little further… “The game won’t be available to purchase separately until later in 2017.”
That’s good news for Halo Wars fans that just want the remaster. No details on pricing of the standalone game are made on the Xbox support page, but at least Microsoft isn’t going the way of the Activision in the way they handled Modern Warfare Remastered earlier this year.
The launch of Halo Wars Definitive Edition earlier this month has not been without its problems. First and foremost, many who pre-ordered the game prior to the advertised date of December 20th didn’t recieve a code for the game. Those that did recieve them had problems redeeming those codes for Halo Wars Definitive Edition. Furthermore, it was discovered that its not quite a finished product at this point either. A myriad of bugs and issues exist on the game in its “early access” state on both the PC and Xbox One.
Microsoft says they are still putting “the finishing touches on the game before launch, so expect to see more improvements come online between now and February.” If you still haven’t recieved your Halo Wars Defintive Edition code, apparently they are still rolling out over the coming weeks.
Halo Wars 2 will have another beta ahead of release. The final game is slated to release on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on February 21st, 2017.