Everything You Need to Know About ‘Halo Wars Definitive Edition’ On PC

Halo Wars Definitive Edition

If you purchased an upgraded version of Halo Wars 2, you were treated to a remaster of the original Halo Wars as well as getting the sequel. Halo Wars was more well received than its sequel and many fans didn’t want to shell out a premium price to get access to it, much like what is happening with Modern Warfare Remastered being locked behind Infinite Warfare.

Lucky for fans of the original, Halo Wars Definitive Edition releases today as a standalone purchase. Here’s everything you need to know about the release.

343 Industries, the current developer of the Halo series, announced April 17 that the game was coming to Steam. This coincided with a release on Xbox Wire that said it was coming to not only Steam, but to the Windows Store and the Xbox Store.

All units – we interrupt your fourteenth Halo Wars 2 Blitz match for a special update! Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, previously only available for Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition owners, will now be available to purchase individually in the Xbox Store, Windows Store and Steam on April 20!

The price tag is $20 around all the platforms so buyers of the $80 version of Halo Wars 2 didn’t miss out on a discount unless they were waiting on the Steam version. Unfortunately, the Steam version does not feature cross-play with the Windows Store version. This means the communities will be segmented. If you are looking to play online, you’re probably going to want to pick up the Steam version over the Windows Store one. Also, the Windows Store version will not be able to play online with the Xbox One version. You will, however, get a copy on both Windows 10 and Xbox One if you pick up the digital edition as it is an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

Since this is a remaster of an Xbox 360 title, the system requirements are pretty modest. Older PCs should have no problem running this title. Here are the requirements you’ll need to meet.


    • 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


    • 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

You’ll at least need Windows 7 but if you plan on picking this up on the Windows Store, you’ll need to have Windows 10 for that.

Halo Wars

Halo Wars was originally developed by the now defunct Ensemble Studios, the team behind Microsoft’s Age of Empires series and Age of Mythology. The company shut down after the release of Halo Wars in 2009.

You can pick up Halo Wars Definitive Edition on Steam, Windows Store and the Xbox Store for $20 today.

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