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A retail edition of Halo Wars 2 is on its way for Windows 10, plus details of a final multiplayer beta are announced.

THQ Nordic has confirmed that it is partnering with Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries to publish a retail edition of Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10.

The release will be part of the Xbox Play Anywhere programme, meaning that purchasers will also get access to the digital edition of the game on Xbox One.

Both the Standard and Ultimate Editions of Halo Wars 2 will be available at retail with the later including four-day early access to the core game, a Season Pass and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, the remastered version of the 2009’s Halo Wars. The remaster will also be playable on both Windows 10 and Xbox One as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

Lars Wingefors, founder and Group CEO of THQ Nordic, revealed he is stoked by the release:

“After working on so many titles together with Microsoft in 2016, we are stoked to start the year with another partnership. Being able to deliver such a big franchise to RTS and Halo fans alike, the opportunity to buy and own this game in a beautiful physical shape is something we appreciate a lot.”

Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta

Also announced today is a final opportunity to play Halo Wars 2 before launch. The final beta focuses on Blitz, the game’s new card-based multiplayer mode. Blitz is combination of traditional card deck building and tactical strategy combat. The beta will offer 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 matches on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta will begin on 20th January and is due to run until 30th January. Halo Wars 2 will be released in boxed and digital formats for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on 21st February, 2017.

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