Hail to the Chief: Halo is coming to PC

Halo: Reach will be added to The Master Chief Collection and all six games discharged on PC for the first time, Microsoft has announced.

The prequel will join Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (campaign) and Halo 4, and the entire collection will be available on MS Store and Steam.

343 Industries, the makers of the enormously popular Halo franchise, aforesaid they wanted to “bring the Halo Universe… to a new audience” – the games are presently only available on Xbox.

“For the team at 343 Industries, the most important and critical element of this project is ensuring that Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) delivers a true ‘first class’ experience on PC,” Brian Jarrard, Community Director at 343 Industries, wrote in a blog post. “We’re embarking on a journey with our community to build a PC experience that delivers on PC gamer expectations. The team is stormily committed to ensuring that all of the features, bells, and whistles expected in a modern PC title are enclosed with MCC.”

The Halo series tells of an celestial body war between world and an alliance of aliens best-known as the Covenant. Players take control of Master Chief, a superoversubscribedier who is helped by an artificial intelligence companion called Cortana. They proven to be a hit with gamers, and tens of millions of copies have been oversubscribed to date.

Halo’s release on PC will happen in stages, with Microsoft cathartic them one by one over time. This gives “the development teams the ability to ensure each one is right, piece giving players a chance to jump in right away, rather than having to wait for the entire suite of games to be completed”, Jarrard added. Halo: Reach will be first, as it is the beginning of the Halo story, followed by Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo3: ODST (campaign) and Halo 4.

Jarrard besides aforesaid “each game will evolve and grow over time with community input”.

As with the rest of The Master Chief Collection, Halo: Reach will be updated to run in 4K/HDR and 60 frames per second on compatible hardware. The game’s multiplayer content, including Forge and the Theatre, will be mechanically enclosed for everyone who owns The Master Chief Collection, piece Campaign and Firefight will be offered together as a digital add-on.

Anyone who subscribes to Xbox Game Pass – the company’s online subscription service featuring more than 100 titles – will be able to access to the entireness of Halo: Reach inside The Master Chief Collection.

Xbox Wireless Controller – Phantom White Special Edition
Xbox Wireless Controller – Phantom White Special Edition

In a host of announcements during Inside Xbox, Microsoft besides discovered that Minecraft will be added to Game Pass.

Launching on April 4, gamers can play the hit block-building game alone or team up with friends in split-screen or online multiplayer.

Game Pass subscribers will be able to play with more than 91 million people, in about every country in the world, on 20 platforms – including, Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and mobile. They will besides gain access to the Minecraft Marketplace, containing more than 1,000 pieces of content from 60 creators.

Finally, Microsoft disclosed a new Xbox Wireless Controller – the Phantom White Special Edition [LINK]. Following on from the release of the Phantom Black Special Edition, the new controller transitions from a semitransparent white to diaphanous, showing the technology inside. It features gold mechanical components, with white, buttons, triggers, thumbsticks and bumpers, piece there is are rough-textured grips on the back.

Like all Xbox Wireless Controllers, the Phantom White Special Edition is compatible with the Xbox One family of inclination and includes a 3.5mm earphone jack and Bluetooth technology for gambling on Windows 10 inclination or Samsung Gear VR. You can besides take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories app.

The controller will be available at retailers in the UK from April 11, priced at £59.99.

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