Now this is the sort of news we like to hear. 343 Industries’ franchise director Frank O’Connor has been chatting about all things Halo 5, revealing there is a chance that Master Chief’s latest galactic jaunt could see the light of day in PC land. Up until now the official word from Microsoft was that Halo 5: Guardians would never be arriving on PC.
"There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC," said O’Connor. "Nothing to announce at this point, but you know, we developed the game on an Intel platform. It wouldn’t be the hardest thing in the world to move it to PC and take advantage of PC stuff. But nothing I announce today on this chat.”
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect is the admission that Halo 5 wouldn’t even be particularly difficult to develop for PC. The only thing standing in its way is mountains of red tape from Microsoft, who understandably wants to use the franchise to shift millions of Xbox One consoles this Christmas.
That said, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, has spoken at great length about his intention to embrace PC gaming once more at Microsoft, but that we won’t see the fruits his efforts just yet. Looking forward it would make a great deal of sense for Microsoft’s first-party games to come to both the Xbox One and the Windows 10 Store, and it’s something O’Connor also hinted at.
“Microsoft has made a huge commitment trying to normalize the Windows experience across multiple platforms," O'Connor said.
It’s the hope that kills you of course, but at the very least it seems 343 Industries is open to idea of a PC version of Halo 5. If it were to happen, I’d expect Microsoft wouldn’t want to talk about it until at least the new year so it doesn’t impact its console sales.