How To Get Halo Wars: Definitive Edition On PC Without Buying Halo Wars 2
(Last Updated On: December 21, 2016)

After people stopped asking and caring about the original Halo Wars being on PC, Microsoft decided to jump onto an empty bandwagon and give PC gamers Halo Wars: Definitive Edition for Windows 10.

The release of the Definitive Edition arrives as part of a bundle ahead of Halo Wars 2, which is due for release this upcoming February in 2017 for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

There’s a bit of a catch for playing Halo Wars on PC, though.

According to Blues you have to pre-order Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition in order to get your hands on the old RTS. The pre-order is available over on the official Microsoft Store.

They note that you can pre-order the bundle to gain access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and then cancel your pre-order for Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition.

They note that after pre-ordering the game, the code for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will be delivered to your account between 7 and 10 days of placing the order…

“Pre-order the Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition and receive Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. The codes for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will be delivered to your Xbox message center in 7-10 days from pre-order, beginning December 20, 2016. Redeem your code on Xbox One, Xbox.com or the Xbox App on Windows 10.”

Technically that’s not too bad. You just pre-order the game from the Microsoft store, wait a week or so to get the code in your Xbox messaging center and then cancel the pre-order.

It’s probably best to take advantage of this offer before it’s too late and Microsoft makes where you have to pre-purchase Halo Wars 2 in order to get Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on PC, a little like how Activision made people actually buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to get the HD remaster of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Anyway, you can look for Halo Wars 2 to launch on PC and Xbox One starting February 21st in 2017.


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