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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 Game Studios
Engines
BANG![citation needed]
Release dates
Windows December 20, 2016
Reception
OpenCritic 79
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
Series Halo Wars
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Halo Wars
Subseries of Halo
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition 2016
Halo Wars 2 2017

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is a RTS developed by Ensemble Studios and 343 Industries, with Behaviour Interactive being responsible for the PC port. The game is part of the Halo series and serves as a prequel to Halo Wars 2.

Originally released on March 3, 2009 exclusively for Xbox 360, a remastered version of the game was bundled with Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition on December 20, 2016, for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows (through the Microsoft Store). The game was later released as a standalone product on April 20, 2017, also on Steam.

The Definitive Edition features improved graphics, additional achievements and includes all of the DLC released for the Xbox 360 version.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Play Anywhere.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

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

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

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

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video

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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Menus and cutscenes are pillarboxed to 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Slider from "Low" to "High".
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA, slider from "Low" to "High".
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 120 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

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

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
Royalty free audio

Localizations

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

Network

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

API

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

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

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