The day has come for fans of Halo who prefer to play games on the PC to rejoice. Microsoft confirmed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will finally be made available on PC, and specifically purchasable Steam.
The Master Chief Collection is a collection of previous Halo games all made available to play in one place. It currently includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4. Only Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 were previously available on PC, but their multiplayer servers have been offline for years.
According to 343 Industries, each game in the PC version is going to be released one by one. 343 also announced that Halo Reach, the sixth installment in the Halo series, will be joining The Master Chief Collection in the near future.
Microsoft’s PC version of The Master Chief Collection will be specifically geared towards PC players and the gameplay that they’re used to experiencing. I can only imagine how beautiful new generation graphics cards are going to able to display titles such as Halo 3 and 4.
The Master Chief Collection is already available on the Xbox One as a part of the Xbox Game Pass and by itself for $30 USD. 343 has done a great job of keeping every game in the Collection supported and up to date so far. We’ll have to wait and see if there is any possibility of getting cross-platform multiplayer, but one can hope.
This is a huge step forward for the Halo franchise and its fans. It’s been years since PC players have been able to play an official version of a Halo title online and while a release date hasn’t been specified as of yet, I believe we all agree: the sooner the better.