Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Launches On Steam April 20th
Halo Wars Definitive Edition
(Last Updated On: April 18, 2017)

Microsoft announced that Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will launch as a separate, standalone edition on Steam, the Windows Store and the Xbox Store later this week on April 20th.

Over on the official Steam page they announced that the game will unlock in just two days’ time.

This includes the enhanced HD graphics, all new achievements for Steam users, and all of the DLC that was previously released for the Xbox 360 version of the game, bundled into a single package. A Steam launch trailer was also released to commemorate the milestone.

The funny thing about it is that this game was originally re-released as a pack-in for the Ultimate Edition of Halo Wars 2. I suppose it was Microsoft’s way of trying to lure in PC gamers to pre-order? I’d like to think the PCMR is a bit smarter than that.

Anyway, it’s funny looking back how their on the ground specialist back in the original Halo Wars was a straight, white, male. You can’t have that in games these days or you’ll be lambasted by SJW media.

It’s amazing how times have changed so… that catering toward your core demographic with a real masculine man is considered taboo. I mean, obviously, it’s not like Justin Bieber fangirls crave after a real man or even a masculine man… but developers seem to think that by undermining the kind of character most males think are cool they’ll lure in more fangirls. Good luck with that.

On the upside, at least Microsoft was smart enough to straight port Halo Wars: Definitive Edition to PC finally. Gamers have been asking and begging for that since 2009. I’m shocked Phil Spencer listened, but maybe this really is a new leaf for Microsoft and their gaming ecosystem?

Anyway, you can check out Halo Wars right now over on the Steam store page.


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  • daniel_ream

    developers seem to think that by undermining the kind of character most males think are cool they’ll lure in more fangirls.

    The marketers have drunk the Kool-Aid that the only reason women don’t play the same games as men is lack of representation.

    Many years ago I tripped across Bella Sara, a “trading card game” aimed at young girls who love horses. It’s apparently been mildly popular, especially in Europe. Its major innovation? Removing any kind of competitive game play.

    One only has to look at hobby demographics to realize that men and women like to do different kinds of things, and re-theming a type of game women don’t want to play isn’t going to make a difference.

    • This is true.

      There are also statistics to back up your point. DeltaDNA showed that only 10% of women played competitive FPS games. Stats for League of Legends and Dota 2 only showed that 10% of their player base were female (this is from years ago, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the stats held true up ’til today).

      Traditionally, marketing reports have found that women don’t like competitive/versus games. They prefer social interaction and casual progression. All of the popular games that became blockbusters within female demographics fit that trend, with the exception of Pokemon and Digimon. But I figure maybe they like the collecting and adventuring aspect more than the competitive PvP?

      • daniel_ream

        Women enjoy collecting as much, if not more than men do. Just look at Beanie Babies, collector’s plates, spoons, &c.

        Women are also just as competitive as men, they just compete differently, in social arenas, for status within the group. That’s difficult to impossible to model algorithmically, which is why there’s no games based on it except as emergent behaviour in MMOs.

  • SevTheBear

    About freaking time. Now if they would just port Halo Wars 2 and Master Chief Collection to Steam PC it would be killer.

    • ItEotWaWKI

      Here’s the thing. I don’t even want Halo Wars. I have no interest in it. Yet I’m still considering a purchase of the game in the, almost certainly vain, hope that it will convince MicroSoft to give Halo Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, and Halo 3 the exact same treatment.

      I’d LOVE to play a well populated Halo 1, 2, or even 3 multiplayer. I never gave MicroSoft the extortion fee they demand to play online, (I.E. access the rest of the game that you already fucking paid for), but I did have many LAN parties, and they were a blast. I absolutely hate were Bungie and 343 went with the multi after 3.

      • SevTheBear

        FPS Halo games are fun Co-op and MP. So it would be a joy to get them on PC indeed

  • ItEotWaWKI

    Not only is it getting a Steam release, but also…

    “Minimum:
    OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit”

    What’s going on? Has hell frozen over? I’m scared. Hold me.