Fans of the series have been asking and hoping for Halo 5 to make its way to PC. Today Microsoft announced that it will, but not in the form that those fans were expecting. The full game of Halo 5: Guardians won’t hit the PC, instead only Forge will. Still, this is a huge leap for the series, and a big change for Forge, which allows players to edit and create their own maps for Halo 5: Guardians.
“Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re bring this same spirit of creation and collaboration to the PC later this year with Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10,” reads the announcement. “Best of all? It will be absolutely free. In addition to the evolutions already present in the mode on Xbox One, Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 will include some exciting new features designed specifically with PC users in mind.”
Those features include full keyboard and mouse support, a big bump in resolution to 4K, and the ability to create maps on the PC, then publish them to the Xbox One where they can be played. The announcement also makes mention of being able to edit and even test your levels on PC, hinting that those on PC will actually be able to play Halo 5 maps on the platform. However, this will likely be a very bare bones version of the multiplayer, with no actual online support.
“Forge on the PC will finally give the mouse/keyboard editing precision the community has always been clamoring for” says Tom French, UGC Director for 343 Industries. “On top of that, an updated and optimized UI geared towards mouse interactions makes a lot of the inputs in Forge easier/faster than before.”
We don’t have a release date just yet, but more news on Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition is expected soon, so keep checking back for more.