Halo Wars 2 release delayed until Feb 21, 2017 and Ultimate Edition also announced

Microsoft has confirmed it has delayed the release of Halo Wars 2 from fall 2016 to February 21, 2017. It has also announced an Ultimate Edition of the sci-fi RTS game for the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms.

In a post on Xbox Wire (opens in new tab), Microsoft stated:

As many of you may remember from Gamescom 2015, we originally announced fall 2016 as our targeted launch window. Development on Halo Wars 2 remains on track to be finished this year, but we made the decision to move the game to next spring, in order to give it room to breathe. We want fans to have a clear window to enjoy a game that we feel incredibly excited about! Also, with all the great games coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this fall, gamers will have plenty to keep them busy, and they will have Halo Wars 2 to look forward to in early 2017.

Xbox One players can check out an open beta for Halo Wars 2 right now which lasts until June 20. Windows 10 gamers will be able to access their own public beta for the game sometime later this year.

In addition to the standard Halo Wars 2, Microsoft will release an Ultimate Edition of the game for $79.99 (opens in new tab). It will include access to the game's Season Pass:

The Halo Wars Season Pass delivers regular updates that span more than six months and includes new Leaders with abilities that change the course of multiplayer battles, new Units that add to your multiplayer arsenal, a new campaign expansion with exclusive missions, and even more content to be announced soon.

The Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition will also include a download for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition:

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the original Halo Wars that runs natively on Xbox One and Windows 10. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes improved graphics and all of the DLC created for the classic real-time strategy game.

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John Callaham
  • "room to breathe" is that Microsoft always seems a step or two behind the competition?
  • What do you mean?
  • They want to make sure they get it right. Not repeat the Halo Master Chief Collection fiasco. So I rather they get it right the first time, than trying to send patches to correct the flaws that would degrade what we expect to be a great game.
  • The collection of games was on a totally different scale compared to this.
  • Scorpio upgraded now being factored in? 12 months time it will hit E3.
  • Coming soon...
  • I would like things to be spaced out more its expensive.  
  • Ewww, season pass...
  • 4 day early access