Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary On PC May Launch Soon [Update]

Halo, is it me you're looking for?


Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC players have, for a long time, only had access to Halo: Reach, but it appears that will be changing soon. Developer 343 Industries has shared a teaser video for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the second piece of the collection to hit PC. [Update: Sure enough, Halo: Combat Evolved is out now on PC. It's available for $10 or as part of the Master Chief Collection, bringing Halo back to PC.]

The teaser video opens at the very beginning of the original game, with the Master Chief in a cryo-chamber after humanity's escape from Reach. The Covenant have managed to track the Pillar of Autumn ship through a slipspace jump, but the alien invaders don't know what's in store for them.

343 Industries has not confirmed when Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will come to PC yet, but the teaser and a new Microsoft Store listing suggest it will be very soon. Xbox Game Pass for PC players are given an option to install the game, as well, though they're receiving an error message at the moment. When it arrives, it will have the option for classic Halo multiplayer sounds along with the updated version.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary began a PC beta test back in February, though only for a limited number of players. All games coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection will get beta tests prior to launch. That includes Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. As Halo 5: Guardians is not included in The Master Chief Collection, it will remain the sole Halo game only playable on Xbox One.

That will still be true this holiday season with the launch of Halo Infinite, which will release simultaneously across Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. Halo Infinite will be the first game in the series to launch alongside an Xbox system since the original game in 2001.

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