Microsoft Head Explains Why Halo 5: Guardians Will Never Be Coming To PC

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 11:15 AM
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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.

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01:47 Apr-03-2016

Halo Wars 2 will be available for both systems at least. Maybe, Halo 6 will be released for XB1 and PC. Who knows. This is just a theory.

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16:06 Apr-02-2016

They will release the halos on pc when the series is dead on xbox which they claim halo 6. I dont think halo will be coming on pc any time soon i only wish that it will be soon.

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16:23 Apr-02-2016

Not so sure about that....


"In December 2014, 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross expressed Microsoft's aim for the Halo series to last at least 30 more years" -


If this is true, there'll be at least 10 or more halo games b4 they kill the series on xbox....

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02:00 Apr-03-2016

halo 2 showed 6 rings so in halo 6 they better show alot more rings if not then people will assume halo 6 will be the last one.

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18:17 Apr-04-2016

Well, let's hope -against all hope- that microsoft uses its UWP tech to make the next halo game for both PC and Xbone... That would be the single greatest redeeming quality of UWP........... if they did it...

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01:41 Apr-05-2016

yep true.

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04:11 Apr-02-2016

I played Halo 5 on my younger Brother's xbox one during my vacation to my hometown. Seriously the game is not really well to talk about. If we talked about Halo 3 and Reach then I will say nooooo I want it on PC it was really epic. what I mean is Halo 5 = ehh, Halo 4 = ok, Halo 3 and Reach = Yeaaaaaaaah HALO REACH

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05:16 Apr-02-2016

I feel like Halo 4 was better than Halo 3 in terms of multiplayer after the balance patch came out. But then they started taking feedback from the community. OMG is became so casual so fast! Halo Reach was awesome though all around though. The one I really liked about Halo 3 is the weapons were projectile while most now days are hit scan.

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05:36 Apr-02-2016

could be true, I haven't played Halo 3 in a long time and I kind of played Halo 4 after Halo 5 lol, Nostalgia could be talking but as I remember it wasn't the reason why I like Halo 3 but the weapons feel felt more halo to me

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14:52 Apr-02-2016

The main thing that made Halo 4 work for me is the faster time to kill. In Halo 3, it took like six shots for a BR. In Halo 4, it took 4 shots. When the game launched, it took 5 shots. This meant, in Halo3, that when you engaged one person, their friends had all the time in the world to come join and offer the a hand. The action basically cascaded on itself. In Halo 4, you could defeat one enemy before moving onto the next. It was more skillful.

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02:19 Apr-02-2016

What a pathetic excuse for a developer. Which is why it sucks.

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21:23 Apr-01-2016

So basically they're going to milk Halo as much as possible on their dying console and once it finally passes, they're gonna try to milk it on the PC.

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05:16 Apr-02-2016

So in other words: The usual.

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11:38 Apr-02-2016

They'll probably realease halo 6 on xbone b4 they bring even MCC to pc coz guardians is pretty much the only reason to get an xbone right now...
so we end up having to wait atleast 2-3 years minimum if we wanna see guardians on pc...

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20:50 Apr-01-2016

Phil Spencer, I hate you so much right now...I don't care about future games, I want to play Halo 3!! (And all the others eventually)

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02:01 Apr-03-2016

just get Halo online its out now.

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20:43 Apr-01-2016

"I don’t want to get into a world where we’re looking back, like at Halo 5"
How the heck is it LOOKING BACK when guardians was released BARELY 7 months ago?
And ok, guardians on pc can wait maybe even a year, BUT BRING MCC TO PC ASAP

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19:10 Apr-01-2016

''Yeah sure we get that Halo Wars sequel no one wanted''


am I the only person who actually liked halo wars? lol

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20:52 Apr-01-2016

No, I'm waiting for Halo Wars 2 too :)

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18:58 Apr-01-2016

Translation: "Halo is the only thing that's moving Xbox Ones for us, so we're not going to put it on PC."

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19:09 Apr-01-2016

hahah that's true

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14:40 Apr-01-2016

Feels like a backstab since the first Halo Game rise n shine on PC then they just abandoned PC and moved everything to console and we get like Spartan Assault which is short but still good. Lets hope the next Halo on PC will truly be "FPS"

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13:44 Apr-01-2016

Halo is looking back.. but Forza 6 or GOW is looking forward and suits more PC? ok...

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12:43 Apr-01-2016

I've got one finger salute right here Microsoft.....and it's not the good one.

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14:04 Apr-01-2016

Here Microsoft, have another one.

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15:09 Apr-01-2016

Not just any finger the moving finger (wonder if anyone knows what that is from)

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12:32 Apr-01-2016

Wanna make Halo for PC FINE!!!!!
But don't Make it Windows Store Exclusive and only DX12
Make it for Steam too and use DX11 also


If you don't do it then its OK, You cannot force me to Upgrade to Win10 :P

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12:40 Apr-01-2016

sorry my friend you will have to submit one day if you plan to play on PC. you could make your own gaming OS and sell it to google.

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11:51 Apr-01-2016

I wrote thiss before u -____-

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11:40 Apr-01-2016

Doesn't matter, Halo hasn't been good for over a decade now, and Halo 5 is complete sewer garbage in my opinion, the campaign was just the worse!

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11:24 Apr-01-2016

All Halo games will come to PC someday in some form. If they don't want our money, I can always support modders to make emulation possible in the future.


Playing first person shooters with controller just doesn't make sense...

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11:37 Apr-01-2016

You are completely right, it's just a matter of time:D

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14:05 Apr-01-2016

Fair point, look at Project Contingency.

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11:19 Apr-01-2016

Is Halo still good? Haven't played any Halo games since Halo 3.

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12:06 Apr-01-2016

I haven't played 5,but 4 was okay,eventhough I couldn't help feeling that something was missing... :/

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20:39 Apr-01-2016

Halo Reach was great in my honest opinion. It served a good prequel to Halo Combat Evolved. And the Multiplayer was interesting (with gamemodes like invasion and headhunter) but halo 4 and 5 weren't great. It lost it's magic until 4.

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