Halo Wars 2 on PC is getting a physical version

Microsoft and THQ Nordic will offer standard and ultimate editions.

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Microsoft announced that its upcoming Halo Wars 2 RTS will be released digitally and physically for Windows 10.

THQ Nordic will work with 343 Industries and Microsoft to launch the disc-based version of the game, available in standard ($60) and Ultimate ($80) packages.

Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition will include a season pass, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, and a digital download code alongside discs.

Halo Wars 2 is a Play Anywhere title, meaning your progress and Achievements will carry over from PC to Xbox One and vice versa.

"After working on so many titles together with Microsoft in 2016, we are stoked to start the year with another partnership," said THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors in a press release. "Being able to deliver such a big franchise to RTS and Halo fans alike, the opportunity to buy and own this game in a beautiful physical shape is something we appreciate a lot."

Halo Wars 2 launches for Xbox One and PC on February 21.

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    January 10, 2017 3:20 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Halo Wars 2 on PC is getting a physical version

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      January 11, 2017 2:47 AM

      While the standard edition does release on February 21st, the Xbox One's Ultimate Edition releases on the 17th and I believe this PC version does too. Microsoft has been doing that lately with their games (Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4); selling an Ultimate Edition that allows players to get the game on the Friday before the Tuesday release.

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      January 11, 2017 7:12 AM

      Any idea if the physical PC version will still work with the play anywhere? Typically, it only works with the "digital" versions. But typically, the physical versions were only released on xbox one, so I'm definitely curious.

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        January 11, 2017 7:17 AM

        Don't see why not. It's just a box with a key in it.

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          January 11, 2017 11:52 AM

          Yeah, it should work. The physical edition even includes a digital key along with discs, and keys definitely register under Play Anywhere.

          THQ and MS are releasing physical editions more for people who want a box for their shelf. The discs are almost incidental.