Check outside for airborne pigs, cows returning home, and Beelzebub on a sled. Among all the other things about 2017 that were inconceivable just a year ago, a Halo game is now coming to Steam. Microsoft announced that the remastered version of the 2009 RTS Halo Wars is hitting Valve's game shop on April 20, in addition to its standalone release on the Windows store.
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition originally hit the PC back in December, but was available only as part of Halo Wars 2's Ultimate Edition. For the Steam release, all the Xbox Live connectivity built into the original release is stripped out. Steam achievements replace Xbox Live achievements, and Steam Cloud save syncing replaces Microsoft's Xbox Live solution.
The game's multiplayer functionality will also run within Valve's system (and with other Steam players only). Online play will happen through a server browser "where anyone can create and host a game for others to search and join," according to the official announcement. The Steam edition of Halo Wars uses DirectX 11 and runs on Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10. Meanwhile, the Windows Store release only runs on Windows 10. Players of the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions have their own network, too.
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will be available on April 20 for a not-bad-at-all $19.99 on Steam. Purchases of the game through Steam are not eligible for the game's Xbox Play Anywhere feature, which lets players buy the game once and play it on both the Xbox and Windows 10.