The Windows Store is a direct competitor to Steam, but that is not stopping Microsoft from releasing exclusive video games on the platform. Earlier this year, Microsoft released “Halo Wars 2” for both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. However, when it comes down to the first game, well, it’s coming to Steam.

The game is called “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition,” and not only will it be available on Steam, but on the Windows Store and the Xbox One as well. The game is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which means; interested gamers can play the game on a Windows 10 PC and simply continue from the Xbox One.

For those who are wondering, the Steam version doesn’t support Xbox Play Anywhere, but that’s the only downside. Overall, it’s the same game with all the same features, just sold at a different store.

Moreover, folks who purchased “Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition” would have already owned the game.


“RTS fans on Steam will be excited to know that Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes full support for Steam Achievements, as well as, a server browser, where anyone can create and host a game for others to search and join,” according to 343 Industries community manager Brian Jarrard in a blog post.

“Halo Wars” is the, and it came out first on the Xbox 360. The game was an interesting take on the Halo franchise, which consisted first person shooters and nothing else. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t achieve the sales target it was looking for, and as such, a sequel was never released until 2017.

The game is perfect for those who haven’t yet played the sequel but looking to get started from where it all began. Compared to Halo Wars 2, it’s not as impressive where graphics and gameplay are concerned. Nonetheless, the story aspects and cinematics that are known in Halo games are there in every way.

Steam release is the actions of a new Microsoft

In the past, the software giant wouldn’t have toyed with the idea of supporting other stores if it’s a competitor. However, things have changed since Satya Nadella became CEO after Steve Ballmer removed himself from the post.

With this move, the company continues to prove that it’s open to releasing its contents on any platform. It’s a good decision since Steam is the driving force behind PC gaming, and there’s no reason for Microsoft to disrupt that, well, not yet anyway.

“Halo Wars: Definitive Edition” makes its way to Steam on April 20, 2017.

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