Original Halo Wars marches to PC via Steam

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced last year that Microsoft would soon start offering titles on Steam, thus drifting away from its policy of Windows Store-exclusive game offerings.

A Twitter user with the handle @CyberRakan has now leaked what seems to be the first in the pipeline of Microsoft-exclusive games rolling out to Steam. Two screenshots surfaced in the tweet, one with an error message suggesting an idle Steam connection and another showing an application crash dialogue box for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is currently available to play on Windows 10 and Xbox One only. It is also available only as part of the Ultimate Edition of Halo Wars 2. Adding a Steam version of the game, complete with all the Steam online features, would possibly unshackle the game from its previously required bundle and the Windows 10 restriction.

At this moment, gamers must not get their hopes up as Microsoft has yet to confirm the rollout of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition via Steam. It also remains unclear for now whether the Redmond giant would unbundle the title from Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition and sell it as a standalone title.

Ensemble Studios launched the original Halo Wars back in 2009 exclusively on Xbox 360. In just under a month, the title sold a million copies. Last month, the game’s sequel was released, with a copy of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition shipping with the Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

If you are growing impatient with the Steam release, however, Halo Wars Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2 are available to download from the Windows Store and Xbox Games Store.