Xbox One's Halo: The Master Chief Collection Not Likely for PC

"At this time, we have no plans or nothing to announce for PC," 343 Industries says.

Sorry, PC gamers, it sounds like this November's Halo: The Master Chief Collection--an impressive bundle that includes remastered versions of Halo 1-4--is staying exclusive to Xbox One.

"We are focused all on [Xbox One]," 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross said in a new interview with IGN. "It is Master Chief's story, and it is Master Chief's story on [Xbox One]. So at this time, we have no plans or nothing to announce for PC."

Ross's comments don't rule out a PC release for The Master Chief Collection down the road, but it appears that come launch on November 11, the Xbox One will be the only place to play the game. It's not much of a surprise that The Master Chief Collection is coming only to Xbox One; after all, it is one of Microsoft's biggest Xbox One exclusives for this year and is no doubt seen as a system-seller. If it were to come to PC right out of the gate, gamers would have less of an incentive to buy an Xbox One.

A retail listing for a PC version of The Master Chief Collection appeared last week, but Microsoft was quick to shoot this down, saying the product page was posted in error.

In addition to the remastered versions of the numbered Halo games, The Master Chief Collection includes access to Ridley Scott's live-action show Halo: Nightfall. Buying the bundle will also secure you a spot in the Halo 5: Guardians beta, which runs December 29-January 19.

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vrezzian
vrezzian

It would be a great business decision for Microsoft to put Halo on steam, but require it to run on a Windows OS. No one would mind, and it would make more money in the long run, as it is broadening the demographic for who can play halo.

hahamanin
hahamanin

well i got half of those xbox arcade games on steam and also max and lococycle from xbox one on steam.....but if any pc gamer says that The Master Chief Collection is not worth it...oh

dirtpilot
dirtpilot

well, halo sucks now, this isnt even memory lane, the cutscenes are differnt in halo 2. Bungie dropped the game, leaving the story with 343 ( hate them for no reason) and i was playing hacked lobbies in halo 4, 1 month in. halo is owned by microsoft, so thats why its on microsoft only console, why not pc then? isnt it microsoft. More people p robably own more computers than they do consoles. and can look 3x better. idk, im just ranting cause i miss the real halo :l

woodstar22
woodstar22

Good. It should never release on PC.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Another victory for Apple.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I personally don't expect it to come to PC either, but not because of anything Microsoft say.  They just seem to say whatever they think will benefit them the most on that particular day.  They're the kings of 180s.

BAM "Tomb Raider is ours."

*one day later*

BAM "Not really."

They're happy enough spreading around a lie then correcting it a day later in the off chance there's a few thousands people who never heard the update.  There's still a *very* real possibility it's coming to PC.

woodstar22
woodstar22

@naryanrobinson tbh, they never said ROTTR was full exclusive. Also, most games sony showcased as "exclusive" are only timed aswell. Day Z, Hellblade etc etc. Are you running around calling Sony liars based on the same thing?

digishah
digishah

If you're not gonna release Halo on PC at least be consistent, stop porting crap mobile games (Halo:Spartan Assault) on PC just because of low sales...

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

Awe....no Master Chief for the "masta race".

billzihang
billzihang

@MAGIC-KINECT Well, they need any desperate reasons to try and make people buy Xbox don't they--- look at them buying up Tomb Raider.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Hey that's fuċking great Microsoft, it just so happens that I have no intention of buying and XBox One. What's the chances?

deadpen
deadpen

"Xbox One's Halo: The Master Chief Collection Not Likely for PC"....That is why it is called Xbox One's halo duh.

MJ-X
MJ-X

Anyone who wants a Halo style gameplay on PC just get Destiny, problem solved.


M$ kept repeating non stop about caring for PC but apparently cockblock us every chance they get.

beazermyst
beazermyst

@MJ-X bungie is doing the same thing with destiny that Microsoft is doing with halo. They haven't OFFICALLY announced destiny for pc because they don't want to "risk" having it go south. so don't say play destiny on pc because its not available.

deadpen
deadpen

@MJ-X Or you can buy CoD Advanced Warfare for the PC since it is doing all it can to be halo except calling the main character Master Chief.

darpadroidz
darpadroidz

Not only is this going to Xbox one's system seller, even some PC gamers bought consoles for exclusives and one of those being halo for Xbox one. Even if this is an HD remaster with all 4 games and all dlc for 59.99 USD let's also consider about half or even more than half of the Xbox one's consumers are for halo and the PC demand has nothing to do with 343's concerns, why? Just think for a second if they bring ALL 4 then PC will not only want the master chief collection but halo 5 guardians. 343 will most likely never release MCC for pc . not for a while but for a long time & bringing halo 4 will increase demand for 5. Microsoft needs to brighten the image on Xbox one.

deth420
deth420

More Pc love from MS. 

Im not sure what they will do when they finally realize their console isnt going to do so well, they let their Os, search engine, and many other services, that used to be considered number one, turn the way of garbage. 

they are literally being beatin on every front.


FU MS!

label07
label07

Duh... if you thought this would simultaneously release for PC you're dumb.  This is a system seller for MS no way in hell they would undercut their XB1.  It would be a terrible marketing play if it was also coming to PC. 


Give it a year or two and it will hit PC, probably a ultimate edition or whatever will have all released map packs up to that point in time to make it appealing. 

deth420
deth420

@label07 "no way in hell they would undercut their XB1."  just like they wouldnt undercut their own OS?

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

Not really. People have a choice when they buy a console. 90% or more of PCs come with windows preinstalled and it is payed for out of the price of the computer itself. The only time you get a choice are if you buy a Mac (which is for to expensive compared to other PCs) or build your own PC with Linux, but that doesn't have the same comparability or ease of use (for most people) as windows.

Besides. Xbox and Windows are two completely separate divisions of MS and don't have as much regular interaction as you think.

mechag2
mechag2

Dammit. :'(


Well, I still hope we'll get a separate Halo remastered collection that includes Halo Wars, Reach and ODST with all their respective DLC for Xbox One in the next couple years. *sigh*

deth420
deth420

@mechag2 lets all be sure to steal it! if that day ever comes...

beazermyst
beazermyst

Is there any way they could still maintain the impact of not releasing the game on pc this fall but still tell us while winking, we are secretly "not preparing" to release this game in mid 2015 on pc, and we have "absolutely no plans" whatsoever to ever bring it to pc. I'm pretty sure that winking and finger emphasizing is a language only known among pc users, therefore their marketing practices stay both secret to console users and confirming to the pc users waiting under confusing legal phrasing of the word. there REALLY had to be a better way of announcing the who and what of the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal. So why not a better way to announce the master chief collection coming to pc. If they have already had to make this many statements denying its existence it must be either 1. a careful legal marketing build meant to hype on purpose without taking away any of the impact from the desperate Microsoft holiday market. 2. because it truly is bothering them because the rumor is true and its being leaked 3. they have a severe aversion to any rumors about their product that are not true and go way out of their way to confirm over and over the rumor is not true.

label07
label07

@beazermyst No way.... if they announced; ya, it will be on PC at some point..  Then the PC crowd would just wait it out.  They want it to appear like it will never come out on PC to force people that want to play to buy a XB1.  Genius strategy to sell more consoles!

beazermyst
beazermyst

@label07 @beazermyst  I know, I being sarcastic just want them to officially back up what they say about supporting pc. I hate the way that they have been approaching supporting pc. Its like we know that for every game they have plans to release it on pc. But as it goes up the ladder in production and approval, some xbox executive is making the consistent decision to make sure we never know that something officially was being worked on. so that way if it doesn't work out they don't get a bad rep. If they never officially announce anything they never have to commit to releasing it. but pc gamers are not at stupid as Microsoft supposes. And I'm sick of it.

theoldgods
theoldgods

aaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwssssssssssssss

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Alright then 343 I'll go spend my money somewhere else.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Of course it wont not near Christmas when it's a war to shift as many units as possible and this probably will sell them it will come to PC probably 2 years later can't see it the year after, MS have given up on PC gamers if they were being honest but they cant

Realmjumper
Realmjumper

Oh well I'm not buying an Xbox one so no Halo for me =p.

rjh_24
rjh_24

itll be on PC soon enough they are just trying to sell more x1s and they have run out of ideas 

label07
label07

@rjh_24 The only intelligent comment I've seen so far.  You obviously understand this strategy.

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

Because the same thing happened with halo 3 and 4 right?

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

in most cases I could understand where a company would take such a stance. Halo has been more often than not a XBOX exclusive, its the title that sells their consoles. I could see why it took them to port the original two halo games over to PC, they didn't want for the PC sales to cannibalize their XBOX sales.


That being said there is no reason for them at this point to not even consider an eventual release. This new collection is just a greatest hits collection much like PS3's God of War collection all they are is updated versions of older games. This collection will only cater to the die hard Halo fan and people who didn't have a chance to own the original games (Which because of the linear plotline of all the games most at the very least played them). This collection is not like a new Halo game which understandably would be a flagship game that will motivate people to buy the system. So with a narrower potential customer base I don't see why at this point they wouldn't consider cashing in on the updated older games by making them accessible to the PC owners.


When you take into consideration that people playing the classic games on the PC might then motivate the PC owners to want more and thus motivate them to purchase an XBONE so they can then continue to play further Halo games then it make it even more logical that they should at least consider it.



ECH71
ECH71

Of course not, why would those p***ks do anything for PC gaming.


Typical MS BS, especially after that speech they gave a few months back about how they'd like to renew their focus on PC gaming.

deth420
deth420

@ECH71 if you watch, they give that speach about every six months, give or take.

S001_PRIMAL
S001_PRIMAL

it would be nice to get it on pc, but honestly who was expecting it to come on pc

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Darn, that sucks.

Well, life goes on!

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

Honestly not interested in this or TLOU or pretty much any other currently announced console exclusive.


I wanted MGS:V and it's coming, thats cool. Other than that, we have plenty of indie exclusives and the majority of upgraded console ports.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Still not getting a $400 potato for this.

funkyzoom
funkyzoom

Played the first 2 Halo games on PC, and I don't intend to buy XBox One for several reasons. I'd love to play Halo, but the main reason is that playing shooters, especially fps with a controller is TOTALLY ABYSMAL for people who are used to the accuracy of mouse aiming.

woodstar22
woodstar22

@funkyzoom the controller vs mouse/kb argument is so invalid. I find controllers to be far more accurate and comfortable than a mouse, a mouse is too jolty and juttery (i use a naga 2014 before you say i have a cheap mouse) its awful. That and when i do play shooters on PC i use my 360 controller and hold out/rank higher than kb/mouse users.


Its honestly down to skill more than anything, not whether youre using a keyboard/mouse or a controller.

funkyzoom
funkyzoom

@woodstar22 

If you find controllers more accurate and comfortable for shooters than keyboard/mouse, then you're definitely among the minority. First time I'm hearing someone say this, in my 16+ years as a gamer.