Halo Wars 2’s physical edition has been cancelled in the US

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The physical edition of Halo Wars 2 won’t be available in the States, as Microsoft have cancelled its production. You’ll still be able to purchase the game digitally, of course. 

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"Our retail plans have shifted and Microsoft has made the decision to focus the release of the physical retail version to Europe only," 343's community manager, Brian Jarrard, said on Halo Waypoint, via GameSpot

Originally, THQ Nordic were supposed to be handling the physical edition, but there’s been a change of plan. THQ Nordic worked with Microsoft for Quantum Break and Ori and the Blind Forest’s physical editions. 

The physical edition will still be available in Europe, but anyone who wants to play the game on PC in the US will have to venture onto the Windows Store. 

"We apologise to any customers affected by the change in our retail plans, and thank everyone for the continued support as we look forward to the release of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC," said Jarrard.

Halo Wars 2 releases on February 21. It’s a Play Anywhere title, so you get a free Xbox One copy if you buy on Windows 10 and vice versa. 

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[TNT] OneNutMIA Avatar
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8 Months ago

What's "disk?' lulz

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HughJanus13 Avatar
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8 Months ago

I never played the first Halo Wars in its entirety because a Halo RTS, to me, seemed weird. The demo of it on the 360 was pretty fun but I much prefer the FPS. Well, everyone does.

Anyways, that's kind of sucky. I hope the future Halo games are physical copies too. I do enjoy being able to open a new Halo game, and have that new game smell waft into my nose, insert the disk into the console, wait for it to install, and go ham on it.

Never liked digital copies of games, TBH. Except for Steam games.

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Darksx Avatar
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8 Months ago

This is nothing more then M$ trying to force feed us to use their crappy market place. M$ will never learn that no one wants to use their market. Steam is the king of hosting and buying games, but M$ is so butt hurt about this they cant swallow their pride and give in the Valve.

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LordCrash Avatar
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8 Months ago

The simple truth is that giving 30% to Steam is kind of stupid if you have the server architecture yourself. If you don't want to use the Windows Store, well, it's your loss.

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Darksx Avatar
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8 Months ago

No its M$ loss, they are failing to make sales because they refuse to use the most widely used gaming platform on the planet. Let me put it to you this way, if you use the market and only sell around 40000 copies but if it was on Steam and it sold 200000 copies to me that out does any lose they take to 30 percent. Which one do you thinks makes more sense when you are reaching a far more receptive audience?

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nu1mlock Avatar
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8 Months ago

I understand what you're saying, but Microsoft doesn't "need" the extra sales - they're not going out of business any time soon because of the extra sales they would've gotten from a Steam release.

I would of course prefer to use Steam as well, but to be honest, I don't care if I download the games from Steam, Uplay, Origin, GOG or any other place for that matter.

Now, the Windows Store absolutely has its issues and it's pretty bad compared to the other digital distribution clients available. It needs more features and it needs to get fixed in other regards as well. Especially removing or make it easy to hide shitty mobile games and stuff. Simply put, a better store front overall.

However, I purchase and play good games. I don't care where I have to purchase and download them. I will support good games no matter the choice of client and so far, Microsoft has been releasing some good games (especially Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. Killer Instinct is pretty good if you're into those games as well - I'm not. And the mini-version of Forza is great for what it is as well). If they continue to do so and if they make their store front better, people will follow - just like they did with Origin and, in many cases, Uplay.

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LordCrash replied to nu1mlock
8 Months ago

What a reasonable and mature stance on the the topic, my respect. It's a rare sight on the internet today. And I like to add that I totally agree with you, my first and foremost interest is to play good games. I don't know any client that would seriously hinder me to have fun with games, the Windows Store included. Sure, it's far from perfect but it's getting better and most important, you can just play your games like anywhere else.

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Zinker | Speletons Youtube Avatar
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8 Months ago

Additionally, if Microsoft wishes to compete with Steam and make more money, they're going to need to actually compete with steam. Thus why, it'll be left off Steam while they deem it profitable.

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LordCrash Avatar
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8 Months ago

You mean like EA is failing to make sales by exclusively selling their game on Origin instead of Steam? I guess that's why games like Battlefield, Battlefront, Mass Effect or Dragon Age sell so poorly. The simple truth is that most people just want to play games. It doesn't really bother most people where to buy the games as long as they can enjoy them. ;)

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The Ragin Pagan Avatar
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8 Months ago

This is written so poorly. I'm pretty sure what you're talking about, but let me just verify as everything leading up to the middle of the article is vague; you're reporting about the PC version of Halo Wars 2, correct? Not the physical copies of the Xbox One version?

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Joel Gregory Avatar
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8 Months ago

Yep, PC version as we're a PC site!

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