Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Allegedly 'Close to Release' on PC

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 9:43 AM
System Requirements Optimum 1080p PC Build Low vs Ultra Screenshots GPU Performance Chart CPU List That Meet System Requirements GPU List That Meet System Requirements

UPDATE: As expected, Microsoft announced yesterday evening that the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be coming to PC, along with a new remaster of Halo Reach, a game previously exclusive to the Xbox 360.

The biggest surprise of the evening was reserved for the release platforms though. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be coming to Windows Store and Steam. The unthinkable has happened as Microsoft heads to Steam for the first time with its most iconic franchise.

"We took a ton of feedback from the fans and the community on this and we appreciate people's patience (even when some of the tweets weren't so patient :-)). Giving PC gamers choice with where they can buy was a big part of this for us," said Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer on Twitter.

Breaking away from the Windows Store is potentially huge news for the modding scene. Halo: The Master Chief Collection already includes 106 multiplayer maps, and that's before including Reach, and with modding there is limitless potential.

All six Halo games from Halo: Combat Evolved all the way up to Halo 4 will be coming to PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam. 343 Industries will be releasing each title one by one, following a chronological order that starts with prequel Halo: Reach, then Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and finishing up with Halo 4.

Each game, except for ODST, will include its full multiplayer components and collectively will form the Halo: Master Chief collection package. It's unclear at the moment whether each title can be bought individually or if they are the complete package.

Each game will release one by one as 343 seek to cater each title specifically to PPC. There'll be 4K support, naturally, as well as "excellent" mouse and keyboard controls, FOV sliders, and adjustable frame rates.

They've taken their damned time about it but this a huge coup for PC gamers, particularly with the Steam support.

Halo: Reach will be the first arrival and it's out "later this year."

UPDATE: 12-Mar-2019 - Halo Complete Collection PC Release Rumours Gather Steam Ahead of Tonight's Inside Xbox Show

The rumours of Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PC are reaching fever pitch now, and we're expecting some sort of official announcement during tonight's Inside Xbox showcase.

The latest comes from Klobrille, a fairly notorious Xbox insider who's been teasing some more juicy information. Earlier today they said "Y‘all think you are ready for a specific MCC announcement today. I see your comments and - you are not ready. Better watch Inside Xbox today."

They've now followed this up with the following, very heavily blurred teaser image.

On the left-hand side, you can see what appears to be seven different game covers.

The top-most image is quite obviously Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Judging from the colour schemes, the middle row appears to be, from left to right, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4.

And the bottom image? Well, that looks like Halo Reach, a game that hasn't even been remastered for the Xbox One yet.

It's now looking distinctly likely that no fewer than six Halo games are going to be coming to PC shortly, presumably complete with updated visuals, 4K support and all of their complete multiplayer packages. That would be one hell of a package, but damn has Microsoft made PC gamers wait for it.

Going out on a limb, we get the impression these games could be coming out soon, real soon.  We're surely going to find out all about it this evening.

One last spectre over this whole thing is Halo 5: Guardians. Should Halo: The Master Chief Collection come to PC, and with Halo Infinite confirmed, the only missing link would be Halo 5. The latest Halo game must be on the agenda for Microsoft, although they could be looking to stagger the release schedule somewhat.

We'll update you just as soon as we hear more on this eagerly anticipated collection.

Original Story: 06-Mar-2019 - Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Allegedly 'Close to Release' on PC

Microsoft bringing Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC is a rumour that’s been circling the drain for so long now that hype for the entire franchise has practically fallen off a cliff. But, there’s a flicker of hope once again as Brad Sams, noted Microsoft insider, has said Microsoft is bringing the Halo trilogy collection to PC very soon indeed.

“Microsoft’s open secret is that they’ve been working on the Master Chief Collection for the PC, and I’m hearing that that’s getting close to release,” said Sams in a new video. He reckons a reveal and shadow drop launch is possible at E3 2019.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes 4K remasters of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4. The only missing game is Halo Reach, a game still trapped in the Xbox 360 version. It features the complete multiplayer package including all multiplayer maps and gameplay modes, as well split-screen co-op play. It’s a hell of a package, to be honest, and there would be a ton for PC gamers to sink their teeth into here.

Microsoft, for its part, has been making a bit more noise about PC support lately. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has reiterated that improved PC support is top of the agenda, suggesting we’ll hear more throughout the year, and, in particular, at E3 2019.

It’s about time this happened, to be honest. Master Chief is still Microsoft’s most iconic character, for better or worse, and it boggles the mind a bit that they still haven’t brought the majority of the Halo games to PC. That looks to be changing though, if this rumour has substance, and of course, PC gamers also have Halo Infinite to look forward to. This has been described as a soft reboot for the series but we’re still largely in the dark as to what it’ll eventually entail.

Source

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
9
Offline
19:38 Mar-16-2019

I almost cried...

0
Rep
97
Offline
admin approved badge
01:00 Mar-14-2019

Okay, this is epic.

0
Rep
1
Offline
17:31 Mar-13-2019

Nice move MS

3
Rep
56
Offline
16:21 Mar-13-2019

Oh wow the music gave me chills. It's been too long!

5
Rep
92
Offline
15:51 Mar-13-2019

I do love that MS is not even bothering with the UWP store this time around (nor making it an EPIC exclusive barf). I can't wait to play Halo 2 and Reach again, but this time with a m/k. Now all we need is Fable 2 on Steam and I can die happy. :P


My only major issue is that they're selling them separately, which means we'll either get them for $20 or $30 each. I'd be more willing to shell out $20 for the ones I want rather than $30, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. They did put SSO on Steam for $20, so that gives me hope.

1
Rep
23
Offline
14:53 Mar-13-2019

microsoft is going back on the right track again ? oh boy when can i buy it . . this year looks so good for pc gaming now with capcom's big comback and cyberpunk's E3 appearence

0
Rep
35
Offline
14:20 Mar-13-2019

So happy to have halo back on pc. Can't wait to finish the fight.

1
Rep
16
Offline
13:42 Mar-13-2019

Was there any news on whether or not it'll be on game pass? I think its already on there for the xbone but it'd be great for PC, even more so if its a play anywhere title

0
Rep
383
Offline
senior admin badge
14:12 Mar-13-2019

I'd imagine it will be, yeah, that's how they'll try to tempt people to their store rather than Steam

1
Rep
31
Offline
11:37 Mar-13-2019

Hold up, didn't they say that they will release the package one game at a time so that they can take the time and polish every game? I wonder how much they will charge for one...

1
Rep
383
Offline
senior admin badge
11:43 Mar-13-2019

Yeah I'm not sure if they're selling them individual or selling the whole package and then patching the new games. You'd think it would be $60 for the whole lot, but if they're individual then it's easy to see them being $20 at least, each.

0
Rep
31
Offline
15:31 Mar-13-2019
0
Rep
383
Offline
senior admin badge
15:34 Mar-13-2019

Yeah I know they're coming individually, I mean I don't know if that means they are charging for them individually or if it's just available as one big collection, if that makes sense

0
Rep
31
Offline
17:02 Mar-13-2019

Oh, now I get what you mean. Sorry, I guess my brain is still asleep!

1
Rep
38
Offline
11:33 Mar-13-2019

Gotta love Microsoft for bringing it to steam despite running their own store! Happy to see at least some companies value the customer a little bit.

4
Rep
44
Offline
11:02 Mar-13-2019

SOOO gonna buy it! Man its AWESOME to be a PC gamer! Now do Gears of War next!

4
Rep
30
Offline
10:47 Mar-13-2019

What is is the possibility of 21:9 support?

1
Rep
383
Offline
senior admin badge
11:24 Mar-13-2019

From how they talked about it I would say it's almost certain they'll support 21:9

1
Rep
386
Offline
admin approved badge
09:55 Mar-13-2019

If people buy i'd buy it too. I have no interest in the story post Halo Reach, but I would play it anyways and if there are players, it would be great, haven't played a halo game for 7-8 years now.

2
Rep
383
Offline
senior admin badge
10:08 Mar-13-2019

I'd imagine it's going to be decently popular on PC. That's a massive multiplayer package what with all the co-op campaigns and the 100+ maps.

1
Rep
386
Offline
admin approved badge
10:15 Mar-13-2019

Hell bots alone would be enough for me :D

0
Rep
383
Offline
senior admin badge
09:44 Mar-13-2019

I did not see this coming to Steam. Fair play to Microsoft and to those who guessed it earlier in the comments

7
Rep
92
Offline
01:04 Mar-13-2019

In case people aren’t aware, all the Halo games including Reach will be on Steam.

11
Rep
23
Offline
14:56 Mar-13-2019

the best news i've heared today :D my money is saved for the masterchief edition from now

0
Rep
5
Offline
22:14 Mar-12-2019

I've just finally gotten all the games on 360 secondhand and now they're all coming out on PC. At least it's the Master Cheif collection so they'll have better graphics. Should be a worthy purchase.

1
Rep
191
Offline
junior admin badge
09:48 Mar-13-2019

Hope you didn't spend too much on the 360 and the 2nd hand games.

0
Rep
5
Offline
10:23 Mar-13-2019

I’ve had my 360 for some time and I don’t think I paid more than £25 over the four years it took me to buy them all.

0
Rep
383
Offline
senior admin badge
10:26 Mar-13-2019

Yeah I mean they're probably worth what you paid for them if you sold them anyway

0
Rep
191
Offline
junior admin badge
10:52 Mar-14-2019

That's an acceptable price, and as Jon said if you plan to have em on your PC you could get your money back by selling the 360 & the games.

0
Rep
28
Offline
21:49 Mar-12-2019

i guess spoiler for the stream.. but its got a Steam listing :)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/976730/Halo_The_Master_Chief_Collection/

4
Rep
58
Offline
19:54 Mar-12-2019

Not really a fan of the series but I'm glad fans will finally be able to play it on PC now. I wonder if there will be some visual overhauls for the older games?

0
Rep
55
Offline
19:48 Mar-12-2019

I took time but HALO is finally coming home. The PC Master Race is generous that way and forgives all who lose their way only to find it later.

0
Rep
31
Offline
18:41 Mar-12-2019

I'd buy this. Don't care much for Halo 4, even less for 5, but damn, put Reach in there and you got yourselves a deal.

2

Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition 16GB
0% No [2 votes]
Pentium Dual Core B960 2.2GHz Radeon HD 6950M 4GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
| High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 10GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 32GB
100% Yes [5 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 980 4GB 32GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MSI Ventus 2X 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [9 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-10700F 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400F 6-Core 2.6GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 980 4GB 32GB
66.6667% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]