If you already pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition on the Microsoft Store, you might check your Xbox message center today: as the Xbox team teased it earlier this month, all customers who purchased the bundle should receive a download code for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition starting today, December 20.
The remaster of the 2009 RTS console game is an Xbox Play Anywhere title and includes all the game’s DLC as well as new achievements. Dan Ayoub, Studio Head at 343 Industries explained today on Xbox Wire that "having Halo Wars on PC has been something the community has asked for since the game launched so many years ago, and it’s surreal that it has finally happened with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition."
You should receive your download code today if you pre-ordered Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition by December 14, but the exec added that codes should roll out to everyone who purchased the bundle in the coming weeks. Ayoub also explained that 343 Industries will also add "finishing touches" to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition during this early access period:
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is set to launch in February alongside Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, but we thought it would be great to give everyone a chance to start playing now to sharpen their skills in preparation for the next game. The game you’ll get today is early access – it’s only available to people who pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition. It also means that we’re still putting the finishing touches on the game before launch, so expect to see more improvements come online between now and February. The team worked insanely hard to bring both campaign and multiplayer online before release in February and we can’t wait to hear what you think.
Remember, if you want to try Halo Wars: Definitive Edition before the release of Halo Wars 2 on February 21, the only way to get it is to purchase the $79.99 Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition bundle on the Microsoft Store. Let us know in the comments if you're looking forward to play that game on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC.