Microsoft has confirmed release dates for its highly-anticipated strategy game Halo Wars, and the prediction of a February release date wasn't far wrong.

Halo Wars will be released in Japan and Asia first, on 26 February. Europe will follow the next day on 27 February, and then North and South America will finally get the game on 3 March.

As you'd expect, there's a pre-order deal going on with various retailers which will see you getting an exclusive in-game Warthog with flame decals - and you don't even have to buy the Limited Edition version for that.

Pre-order the game at a participating retailer and you'll get an exclusive in-game Warthog with flame decals, whether you buy the Limited Edition or not.