Our favorite nameless, voiceless helmeted hero is no longer an Xbox exclusive. It seems Microsoft have been silently plotting on giving more platform freedom to Master Chief, because they recently announced that the Halo Master Chief Collection is coming to PC.
Ah, isn’t it nice when a title that’s become synonymous with console exclusivity descends from its pedestal to grace the lives of us PC mortals. Whether in preparation for a new release or simply as a strategy to boost the active player base, Microsoft has announced that the Master Chief Collection, or MCC, will be available for PC both via the Microsoft Store and on Steam.
The news came from Microsoft’s Inside Xbox livestream show, which also landed us this nice video:
In case you’ve not been following Halo in the past years, The Master Chief Collection came out in 2014 as a special edition compilation of the Halo series. It included Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the anniversary editions of Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4, as well as some extra goodies such as all multiplayer maps and gameplay maps. It also had quite a lot of bugs, though MS have supposedly fixed all that.
A new title is joining MCC’s game lineup for PC: Halo: Reach. However, you may have to wait for it. First of all, Microsoft are yet to announce its release date. Furthermore, they have claimed the titles will be released “individually over time”. That’s both good and bad news – on the one hand, you will be able to save a buck or two if you only purchase the games you want instead of the entire bundle. On the other hand, the Halo gem you’ve set your eyes on might not become available from the get-go.
Microsoft will reveal more information during the Halo Championship Series Invitational at South by Southwest (SXSW) con that will take place this weekend, March 15-17. In this line of thought, we might actually see further development in Halo esports. The Halo Championship Series has been running since MCC’s release in 2014, and currently stands at the hefty $1 million as total prize pool. With PC players joining the ranks, the idea that some FPS pros would switch to Halo isn’t that far-fetched.
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