Microsoft’s been pretty great at throwing Xbox One games to us over on PC lately. There’s Quantum Break on Tuesday, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex to look forward to, and of course we’ve already had the likes of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and, uh, Killer Instinct. But one franchise still stands out - Halo. Yeah sure we get that Halo Wars sequel no one wanted, and you can play Halo Online if you’re in Russia, but while Xbox One gamers can play basically every Halo game from Combat Evolved through to Guardians, we’ve got nada.
And I’m sorry to say it doesn’t look as if the situation is changing anytime soon. Microsoft’s gaming maestro Phil Spencer took to the stage at the recent BUILD 2016 event, admitting that while Microsoft was open to bringing more Xbox One titles to PC, it’s not particularly interested in bringing over older titles like Halo 5: Guardians.
“In terms of Halo FPS on PC, I think there’s a ton of opportunity for us right now, but I don’t want to get into a world where we’re looking back, like at Halo 5,” Spencer said to the assembled crowd.
“It doesn’t mean there’s nothing there that could ever end up on PC, but I’d much rather look forward with what our plans are.”
That’s a no to Halo 5: Guardians then, but it doesn’t sound as if Spencer is ruling out future Halo games from arriving on PC. “You should expect it when franchises look like they belong on both platforms, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a mandate for the studios because it’s not,” he finished.
Which sounds fair enough. Despite a blurring between console and PC, there are certainly some genres which work better or are more appealing to one crowd than another. You only need to look at Star Wars Battlefront as the perfect example. It’s thriving on PS4 while PC gamers have abandoned it in favour of the established classics.