In January, THQ Nordic announced that they had partnered up with Microsoft for a cool boxed release of Halo Wars 2. The game was actually supposed to have two editions, a standard one and an Ultimate Edition. The Ultimate Edition included the Season Pass and Halo Wars Definitive Edition.
However, it seems that all these plans may have laid to rest, and North American gamers may not get to see the upcoming RTS unless they order it from overseas. In a message on Halo Waypoint, developer 343 Industries said, “Earlier this month, you may have heard that we were partnering with our friends at THQ Nordic for worldwide availability of a physical retail version of Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 PC. Since then, our retail plans have shifted and Microsoft has made the decision to focus the release of the physical retail version to Europe only. THQ Nordic is a great partner and they are working with us to ensure this transition remains smooth for our customers.” They continued, “Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 PC will remain available worldwide, digitally, via the Windows Store. We apologize to any customers affected by the change in our retail plans, and thank everyone for the continued support as we look forward to the release of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Feb. 21, 2017.”
No reason has been provided regarding the cancellation of the physical copies, but it seems weird that the news came out so close to the game’s release on 21st February. The digital versions of the game are completely unaffected.