Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition cover
Developers
Original game Ensemble Studios
343 Industries
Windows Behaviour Interactive
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Engines
BANG![citation needed]
Release dates
Windows December 20, 2016
Reception
OpenCritic 78
IGDB 78
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
Series Halo
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on IGDB
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition guide on StrategyWiki
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on MobyGames
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Wikipedia
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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is an RTS developed by Ensemble Studios and 343 Industries, with Behaviour Interactive being responsible for the PC port. The game is a part of the Halo series and a serves prequel to Halo Wars 2.

Originally releasing on March 3 2009 exclusively on Xbox 360, the game was later remastered for Xbox One and Windows 10 bundled with the Halo Wars 2 Ultimate bundle, before finally being released for standalone purchase on April 20 2017.

The Definitive Edition features improved graphics, additional achievements and all the DLC that was offered for Halo Wars.

General information

Official site
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename[1][2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video\
  2. Delete or rename 343_Intro.bik, MSGameStudio_Intro.bik.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\Halo Wars\GameConfig.dat
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/459220/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.BulldogThreshold_8wekyb3d8bbwe\SystemAppData\wgs\0009000004A4B138_6FA9010088A3442BA8B18CF53D64D3E9\0059769F9205496C9CE1349E2BD749A4\
Steam <path-to-game>\savegame\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/459220/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Input[edit]

In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mostly remappable
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Changing inputs requires returning to the 'Start Screen'.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
Microsoft Store and Steam players cannot play together.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074
UDP 88,500,3074,3544,4500
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD Graphics 4200
Nvidia GeForce GT 740M
AMD Radeon R5 M240
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/459220/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (459220) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References