Microsoft ‘Halo Wars 2’ PC Physical Release Is Europe Exclusive; NVIDIA Optimized With ‘Sniper Elite 4’ & ‘For Honor’

By Ben Lindon , Updated Feb 15, 2017 06:30 PM EST
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"Halo Wars 2" will not have a physical edition of its PC version in the United States.  This was after Microsoft, the game's publisher, decided to pull the plug and only the digital version will remain.

Game developer 343 Industries posted on Halo Waypoint that the "retail plans" have changed and Microsoft decided to make a physical version for the second "Halo Wars" game to European fans only. This was the  statement made by the developer's community manager, Brian Jarrad, IGN stated.

It was previously announced last month that THQ Nordic is handling the worldwide availability of the upcoming game. Now, fans will have to order overseas if they want to get their hands on them.  THQ Nordic was responsible for the distribution of "Quantum Break" and "Ori and the Blind Forest" physical editions, which were also published my Microsoft.

The companies involved did not elaborate on the reason behind the cancellation of the physical edition of "Halo Wars 2." However, it is no secret that Europeans prefer to have physical copies of their games compared to North American gamers.  Fans see it as an odd decision considering that the game will be released by Feb. 21.

Meanwhile, NVIDIA, the graphics card maker, has already released a new WHQL driver for its GeForce series video cards for the upcoming game.  GeForce Game Ready 378.66 is now available for download and is optimized for "Halo Wars 2," "Sniper Elite 4" and "For Honor, Digital Trends reports.

The latest driver also includes several bug fixes for other games as well.  This includes "The Division," "Second Life," "Battlefield 1," "Minecraft" and several more. Additionally, the latest driver also provides the NVIDIA Ansel support for "Paragon."  Players will now be able to create 360-degree normal and VR ready screenshots as well as 2D screenshots of the game.   

"Halo Wars 2" is scheduled for release on Feb. 21 for the Windows PC and Xbox One. Watch "Halo Wars 2's" official launch trailer:

 

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