Sounds Like Halo 5, Master Chief Collection Won't Come to PC--At Least Not Soon

"We're listening to the PC fans, but right now this is all focused on Xbox One."

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PC versions of this year's Halo: The Master Chief Collection or 2015's Halo 5: Guardians are not likely to happen, at least not right away, according to series steward 343 Industries. "Right now we are focused on Xbox One," 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross told Eurogamer.

Though the Halo series may be most commonly associated with consoles, it also has a history on PC. Halo: Combat Evolved came to PC in 2003, while Halo 2 arrived for computers in 2007. Just this year, 343 Industries even released Halo: Spartan Assault on Steam.

Still, the center of attention for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians is on Xbox One, Ross said. "We're listening to the PC fans, but right now this is all focused on Xbox One," she said.

Separately, 343 Industries has confirmed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is not coming to Xbox 360 because the game is simply too large to support that platform.

"We are dedicated to bringing a full and fun experience to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, providing you with dedicated servers, a unified interface, increased visual fidelity, and gameplay running at 60fps," the studio said in a post on Halo Waypoint. "We do not have any plans to bring the game to Xbox 360 as the game size, enhanced features, and technical specifications simply can't support it."

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes 1080p/60fps versions of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, as well as access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta, which kicks off on December 27. The collection also includes Ridley Scott's Halo series Halo Nightfall, which provides some backstory for Agent Locke, one of the main characters in Halo 5: Guardians.

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Discussion

282 comments
mtb2k
mtb2k

I certainly hope this comes to PC eventually. It will have a much longer life span on the PC. Evidence of that can be seen with the original game and the fact that console game MP fizzles out after a very few years. I will probably be buying an Xbone for this though, as it will most likely be quite a while before a PC release. Also because Halo 5 will never make it to the PC, so I might as well get the Xbone in November.

I don't really mind getting this on the underpowered, over sized Box. At least it will be 1080p and 60fps, which is how I'd be playing it on my PC. Yes, I don't buy into the 4K hype. 4K will be the 720p of UHD. I'd rather wait for 8 or 12. So, all I need to do for the Xbone version is get a keyboard/mouse adaptor to reign over the console peasants trying to play MP FPS with a controller.

rnd_9
rnd_9

I can see PC getting it later like in 2015-2016, by then everyone who wanted the game on Xbox One would of gotten it already and they can make some extra money by porting it to PC for the stragglers.  

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

343 is making a living off of bungies work how sad 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Halo 5? On PC? Bwahaaaaa. If that would happen, Xbox One would be irrevelant.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

oh well its not that surprising, Halo is microsoft's flagship franchise, much like Mario is to Nintendo, Sonic was to Sega etc. Its the flagship games that sell the consoles traditionally. Not saying that eventually they will port said games to the PC but chances are it will not be for a very long time. No matter, not been a fan of the halo series since Bungie left, 343 did an okay job with Halo 4 but it lacked something that the original lineup of Halo games had (with the exception of ODST) So honestly this game or halo 5 will probably not motivate me to buy an XBOX One.

willychong8921
willychong8921

Guys, don't be stupid, this is Microsoft, it owns Window and every Xbox console, of course It won't release the game on PC, don't keep on dreaming this inferior game, move on to a platform and teach Microsoft not to mess with us, don;t be dragged sheep, LET IT DIE!

willychong8921
willychong8921

Don't know, don't care, played them on my Xbox 360, the only game appeal me is Halo Reach, but even that is an inferior game compared to many of the games I played. I enjoy Armored Core V than this bullshit hype machine.

surrealme
surrealme

I'd love to see this on PC but Microsoft would be stupid to do it when it's going to be a big driver of Xbox One sales.

phenomfawaz
phenomfawaz

They better release not only this but more games like Killer Instinct on PC or we boycott their Windows 8.1.

starhowl
starhowl

Hopefully it will never!

brian_13un
brian_13un

Hope it's not just limited to listening.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

We have been waiting for you MS to do something (good) for PC gaming since 2005..all we can do is wait.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Winner is................................................................................................................ The Master Chief.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Okay. If it comes to PC, I may give the series a shot again. Otherwise, plenty of games and real life (especially real life) to keep me preoccupied.

cynicritic
cynicritic

Makes sense... After all they're re-releasing these old games just to sell the new console... I find that sad and desperate...

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

A PC release will kill the potential of this collection on XB1. Updated visuals for a shooter is a perfect fit for the PC platform! A bit too good to be true, IMO.


As a PC gamer, I'm kind of done with Halo, MS screwed us over with PC releases so I don't think I'll reward them for that. I think I'll just get this on XB1 and wait for Destiny on PC instead.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Well frickin put it on PC at some point.

domxnik
domxnik

Would be nice if this eventually came to PC. In my opinion, the Halo series has been one of the most polished online FPS experience I have ever played.

chechak7
chechak7

I can wait no problem,but its good to know that MASTER CHIEF is coming to pc world again 

monson21502
monson21502

sorry master race.. no Master Chief Collection for you!

cboye18
cboye18

Half-assed Sci-Fi games anyway; I'd rather play SW Battlefront or Republic Commando.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

tl;dr we need to move xbones because nobody wants them.This game will hopefully throw em off the shelves

froidnite
froidnite

Talking of Halo and PC, don't forget, the original Halo that Bungie began developing was meant to be a PC exclusive till MS got involved.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

well at least they dont deny it outright. Fine with me I will be busy playing GTAV, Evil Within and Watch Dogs on the PC anyway. I can wait no problem, meanwhile there is the steam summer sale, enuff said !!!

archav3n
archav3n

This means PC version is coming!. 

funkerazmain
funkerazmain

They are gonna release the pc version probably next year if the Xbox one version is a success  

NikIvRu
NikIvRu

Well steam summer sale is here so I doubt I will need this collection. Right now I am enjoying the hell out of witcher 2.

billzihang
billzihang

Why do you Xbox people care so much about a rehash of these Halo games? Is it because you feel like it's trampling on sacred Xbox ground.


A couple of things you need to consider: The Halo franchise isn't only an Xbox thing-- there are Halo games on PC.

Microsoft own Halo, and believe it or not, Microsoft own Windows-- there just anything like any kind of business rivalry between Xbox and PC, like there is between Xbox and PS4.

It makes business sense to release the MCC on PC - not Halo 5 of course - as there is actually a strong hunger for Halo on PC, especially 3 and 4 which we missed out on; and people buy Xbox One to play the next Halo game-- not remasters.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

It's understandable that a PC gamer, who only ever plays first-person games with mouse + keyboard, would have more difficulty with dual analog controls. They haven't adapted to them.

I play plenty of shooters, both with m/k and with a controller, and have no problem with either one.

Yes, a mouse is somewhat faster and more precise than a stick, but a shooter can still be perfectly playable on a controller

doggiezilla
doggiezilla

Makes sense since Phil Spencer said, "E3 is for console, not PC".


BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

as if they'd release it on PC. took them forever to release the first two halo games, and they stopped there. they just don't care about putting halo on PC.

shaban95
shaban95

I rather have halo 5 on the xbox one only so people would still have reasons to earn an xbox one and also they should have more exclusive content for the collection only on xbox one, but bring the halo collection to PC but 343i should give more content on the xbox one and for PC.

this is fair.

tooskilledforu
tooskilledforu

@froidnite It was actually meant to be a Mac exclusive. Back in the Mid-90's, Bungie was owned by Apple and made several games for them, including Marathon trillogy (Marathon was release to Windows in 1996, which was a year after, but only because they were paid money by Microsoft. In the late 90's, Bungie was bought out by Microsoft and MS wanted to have Halo as the Supporting release title to the Original Xbox, so then Microsoft got rid of the plans to have it released on Mac and PC. The original Halo game back in the late 90's was actually not thought of by Bungie, Apple, or Microsoft, but rather a single man in his basement, he got some of the game coded, but then, Bungie obtained the rights and Idea from him, and therefore created the game as we know today.

shaban95
shaban95

yes but not right now

I think they might release the collection in 2 years time.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

@billzihang Well Microsoft owns Windows but not exactly the PC industry (although their operating system is the most popular for the PC companies). The PC manufacturers don't need Halo to convince people to buy PC's. Even if they did, MS would get only a small cut of the money right?


Secondly, MS completely owns the Xbox One. This a brand new system that isn't even a year old and they need to build up it's base quickly so they can retire the nearly decade old Xbox 360 brand.


The solution? Release their strongest franchise and believe me, the sells will come. It is timed right around the period of the year when people are saving for a new tech device anyway so it will work out perfectly for them and should sell Xbox One's in droves.


If they released it on the PC at the same time then guess what? I won't have a need to buy an Xbox One. Does that make business sense to you? It doesn't to me. 

It will be released for the PC but not until well after it's released on Xbox One which will probably be about a good 3 years after or more.

shaban95
shaban95

true and many people already have these halo games on their xbox 360 so Its not fair that they have the halo collection that they already played....

it can come to PC aswell

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@shaban95 yeah right Titanfall is boring now and could e played on all consoles I want to something on xbox one.

xcollector
xcollector

@shaban95 They'll do it when the PC community moves to Linux as a way to try and get people back to Windows.

shaban95
shaban95

am still shocked to see Halo CE is still alive today! that game is now 13 years old and its still amazing on PC and many people still create awesome mods for it and I still enjoy it!

tell me this xbox fanboys! has a halo game ever had a long life span like the Halo CE PC version but on xbox? no! these halo games that are on the xbox only live around 3 or 4 years....hell! remebered halo 3 was a free gold game? and yet it didnt have a higher population and it was a FREE GAME!....and look at other games that are on PC like counter strike, Teamfortness, Half life multiplayer, they all still have stronger population, But imagine!! the halo master chief collection on PC!?

what if one day Microsoft brings back the DRM? what will happen to the halo collection? if the DRM returns halo is good as dead! and thats why I like the halo collection to be on the PC, I want halo to be free! and no one would never experience these games now but can only play Halo CE on PC and halo 2).

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

Yes! Free! When downloaded from the pirate bay by PC gamer thieves!

mtb2k
mtb2k

@sgtpepper1806 Give it up dude, GTA5 for Xbox360 was cracked and released 3 DAYS before retail. I see console ISO's all the time without even searching for them. Guarantee this game will be cracked and on torrent sites as soon as its released in November.

ztype85
ztype85

@rorytmeadows @billzihang Sorry not going to buy this if it stays on X1. It'll be day one for PC if it does come out but I have no interest in shelling out money for either console. I'm sure there are others who feel the same way.