Halo 3 On PC--Testing Due To Begin In "The Coming Weeks"
Halo 3 is the next game to make its way to The Master Chief Collection on PC, and the first round of tests is due to start soon.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection continues its PC rollout, with Halo 2 Anniversary releasing on May 12, and plans already underway to get Halo 3 to users as soon as possible. Microsoft recently released the first screenshots of Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST on PC, and now they've announced that the first "flight" (their term for a beta test) will start soon.
In a new MCC Development Update on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries has promised that preparations are underway for the "Ring 1" flight to begin soon. Ring 1 is typically a very small group of folks who work closely with the developer, but future updates will bring in other members of the Halo Insider program to test the game ahead of launch.
According to the update, testing will begin "in the coming weeks," and will begin expanding out to more Insiders soon. "As it progresses and we work through our process we will make sure to keep folks apprised of when and where to expect the next series of PC flights to take off," the update reads.
Since Halo 3: ODST does not have its own multiplayer mode, there's a good chance it will release alongside Halo 3 after the flight period. After that, Halo 4 will be the last remaining part of The Master Chief Collection to come to PC.
Unfortunately, it seems that Halo 2 Anniversary's PC launch will be fairly compromised--at launch, at least.
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