Sun. Feb 5th, 2023
This Halo 5 warrior looks like he's praying.  If he prays for a real Halo 5 on PC, good news awaits him.

This Halo 5 warrior looks like he’s praying. If he prays for a real Halo 5 on PC, good news awaits him.

Microsoft’s game to bridge the gap between Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs just got a whole lot more interesting on Thursday thanks to a pretty big Halo 5 Announcement. Microsoft and its Halo development house, 343 Industries, have ditched the clunky name Forge-Halo 5: Guardians Editionwhich they say will launch for free in Windows 10 “later this year”.

This limited free version of Halo 5 does not contain the game’s single-player campaign, nor does it contain multiplayer matchmaking with random opponents. However, Microsoft representatives have confirmed to Ars that the free Windows 10 game is available shall support for unfettered online play with anyone on a player’s friends list. That means players can create or download a Forge map and invite anyone playing the Windows 10 version to join and play until the kill count, time limit, or other win condition they set. In fact, Microsoft says that this friends-only multiplayer mode in Windows 10 fully supports mouse and keyboard game controls.

As series fans know, HaloForge mode allows players to build content-filled maps and lay down a litany of custom rules and customizations for the game. This Windows 10 version, as the lengthy title suggests, will allow people to do the same thing on their PC, complete with mouse and keyboard support that 343 Industries says will be “easier/faster” to use than an Xbox controller (though we have those to see how keyboard shortcuts and other features work on a PC version).

In short, free Halo 5 multiplayer is coming to Windows 10. Sure, there’s a friends list restriction, a Forge-only rule, and a lack of convenient, automated matchmaking, but it doesn’t sound like a bad freebie for the PC gaming set, and it marks the first Halo online multiplayer game with mouse and keyboard support since 2007 Windows port halo 2.

The announcement also confirms support for resolutions up to 4K and the ability to publish Windows 10 creations to play on the Xbox One version of the game, but there’s no mention of cross-platform multiplayer (and we’re certainly not counting on that addition). ). Microsoft has confirmed that this build of Halo 5 will use DirectX 12, but we’ll be curious to see if the results are on the glitchier side of error (a la the messy Windows 10 launch of Quantum break) or the flashier side (a la the incredibly smooth, dynamically ramping glare of the Forza 6 Apex start on Windows 10).

By akfire1

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