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.