A few weeks ago we reported that Halo Wars 2 would surprisingly be receiving a Physical Retail Edition for the PC version of the game upon it’s February 21st release. It seemed like a pretty big deal, only because most PC releases these day’s are exclusive to digital downloads only, aside from Blizzards releases, really. However, if you were looking forward to receiving a physical edition of Halo Wars 2 for the PC, you’re out of luck as Microsoft has officially announced that the physical release for the PC version will now only be available for the European release of the title.

The official announcement from 343 Industries read as follows:

“Earlier this month, you may have heard that we were partnering with our friends at THQ Nordic for worldwide availability of a physical retail version of Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 PC.  Since then, our retail plans have shifted and Microsoft has made the decision to focus the release of the physical retail version to Europe only. THQ Nordic is a great partner and they are working with us to ensure this transition remains smooth for our customers.”


This of course is comes as a huge disappointment for those of you PC gamer’s who love to score physical copies of releases whenever they’re available; however on the bright side, at least physical versions of the Xbox One version will still be available everywhere, and on-top of that, the purchase of the Xbox One edition, basically still scores you a PC edition as well due to the Xbox “Play Anywhere” program.


Halo Wars 2 is expected to turn-eyes to the RTS genre as a whole, once again, as only a giant IP as Halo would be able to do. The RTS genre isn’t quite what is used to be nowadays, with titles like StarCraft 2 and Civilization pretty much being the main pioneers of the current era of the RTS genre. Halo Wars 2 however, has a chance to bring in a brand new fan-base to the RTS genre, while also creating a brand new experience for Halo lovers, as a whole.


Halo Wars 2 launches on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on February 21st.