Microsoft: Still No Plans to Bring Full Halo 5 to PC, June Expansion Detailed
The launch of Halo 5's Forge tools on PC is not a signal that the full game is coming to computers.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Halo 5's Forge tools are coming to Windows 10 later this year. And while 343 has said this is "just the beginning" for Halo's PC push, don't expect the full version of Halo 5 to come to PC.
"As we've stated previously, we have no plans to release Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10," 343 said in a recent blog post. "We are focused on building Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Releasing Forge for Windows 10 for free will open up endless opportunities to the PC community to build and play Halo 5 multiplayer content, while also allowing them to share their creations with gamers on Xbox One as well. Windows 10 remains an important focus for the Halo franchise moving forward."
Halo Wars 2, which is in development at Total War developer Creative Assembly, is scheduled to launch this fall.
Also in the blog post, 343 confirmed that cross-play between Halo 5's PC Forge mode and Xbox One is not supported. However, content created on PC using the free Forge tools can of course be shared on Xbox One; additionally, maps and modes made using the tools on Xbox One can be shared on PC.
As announced previously, Halo 5's PC Forge mode supports custom games so players can try out their maps. Players can invite their Xbox Live friends to play, but there is no matchmaking.
Additionally, 343 shared some new information about Halo 5's upcoming Hog Wild and Warzone Firefight expansions.
"We've recently made some changes to the Halo 5 content release plan, which mainly focus on giving a few of the bigger items that were slated for the Hog Wild update a bit more time for finishing touches and polish," 343 said.
As such, "much " of the Hog Wild content has shifted to the Warzone Firefight release. This is currently lined up to arrive at the end of June.
"Warzone Firefight will include the PvE mode with a variety of maps to play on, new game updates and features, Warzone and Arena maps, a plethora of Forge updates (including a new canvas and more), new Rews, and plenty more," 343 said.
Warzone Firefight will be Halo 5's largest free expansion to date. More details on the content are expected to be divulged "in the coming weeks."
343 did offer a tease, however, showcasing some of the Reqs on the way, including a Sword Needler Warthog and more. Have a look:
343 previously held a beta test for Halo 5's Warzone Firefight mode.
Hog Wild/Warzone Firefight will be Halo 5's seventh free expansion, and is expected to be the last, as the game's free DLC campaign is said to end in June.
Halo 5's other free expansions were The Battle of Shadow and Light (November), Cartographer's Gift (December), Infinity's Armor (January), Hammer Storm (February), Ghosts of Meridian (April), and Memories of Reach (May).
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