After numerous rumours doing the rounds Microsoft has finally announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is heading to PC. It’s not just simply going to be the PC version that most people expect, as Microsoft made some real good decisions.
Instead of it only being made available for the Microsoft Store, they’ve also added it to Steam. This is fantastic news for those of you who tried to get involved with the move of Xbox games to PC, but hated the Microsoft Store and its various issues. Now the choice is yours. When exactly the game is planned to release is still unknown, but it’ll be ‘coming soon’ according to Steam. Microsoft will also release the game in stages as they want to ensure that it’s the best possible experience for PC users.
The Master Chief’s arrival on PC will happen in stages with each title releasing one by one over time -– giving the development teams the ability to ensure each one is right, while giving players a chance to jump in right away, rather than having to wait for the entire suite of games to be completed. Our current plan is for this journey to begin with the launch of Halo: Reach – the fictional beginnings of Master Chief’s saga – with the rest of the titles following in chronological order thereafter. Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4 will each be available for individual purchase within MCC as they become available. And each game will evolve and grow over time with community input.
You read that right. Halo Reach will be heading to the collection as well (both on Xbox and PC), though it’s only the multiplayer component that’ll be free. If you’re after the campaign you can either play it via the Xbox 360 backwards compatible service or you’ll be able to buy the additional DLC that will run on both formats at 60 fps and in 4K/HDR.