Halo Reach and Halo Master Chief Collection are finally coming to PC.
Brian Jarrard, Community Director of 343 studios (the current holders of the Halo series IP), announced that the Halo Master Chief Collection (Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, and Halo 4) will finally be coming to the PC. Something fans of the Halo series have been begging Microsoft and 343 to do since Halo 3 released as an Xbox 360 exclusive. A series that originally started on the PC is coming back, with Brian stating:
We don’t use the P word (port), it’s something that the team is very passionate about and we are going to be very, very deliberate and intentional and the wait has been so long, we know what this means to fans so it’s important that we bring it to PC in the right way. And to us that really includes not only being true to the source games and the same stories people have played for years, that has to be intact but PC also has a lot of other expectations that come with it nowadays right? We’re talking about things like; has to be great keyboard and mouse controls, we have to have things like support for FOV (field of view) sliders, and different size monitors, ultra wide resolutions and mappable keybindings. So all the bells and whistles you expect on a modern pc title that is the kind of thing the team is really committed to doing as we bring these products to PC.
For the uninitiated, Halo is a first-person action shooter with heavy narrative elements. You play (throughout the Halo Master Chief collection) a super soldier named John 117, or as he’s more commonly known, Master Chief. As Master Chief, alongside your faithful holographic AI Cortana, you have to fight the covenant threat and protect humanity.
How’s the game going to be released?
The game’s set to release on Steam with a staggered release. They’re going to start with Halo Reach, as not only is that game not originally part of the Halo Master Chief Collection, it will be soon (on both Xbox One and PC). It’s the first story chronologically, and because of this, the game will take the longest to make. So they are starting with Reach first. Then Halo CE, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 HD remake, ODST, and Halo 4. That’s 6 campaigns, all the DLC, and 200+maps. Prices and actual release dates are unknown. However, more information will be available at SXSW event, where they’ll have an Esports invitational (March 15th, 2019 12:00PM – 7:00PM CDT/ March 16th, 2019 12:00am-5am GMT/BST). For more information about the invitational, go to halowaypoint.com.