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Halo 5's map editor and a limited version of its online multiplayer is arriving on PC this year

By midian182
May 20, 2016
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  1. Halo 5 is coming to PC! Well, part of it is. Microsoft and its internal Halo development team, 343 Industries, have revealed that the game’s custom map toolset, Forge, will launch across Windows 10 at some point this year under the name Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition.

    Sadly, this isn't the full version of the Xbox One title, and is missing the single-player campaign and online matchmaking. However, it will be possible to test user-created maps in multiplayer games with people on your friends list - complete with mouse and keyboard support and user-defined win conditions.

    As for the map building element itself: it’s said to be big improvement over the Xbox One, thanks to the precision and control offered by the PC’s peripherals. There’s also support for multiple resolutions, including 4K.

    “Forge on the PC will finally give the mouse/keyboard editing precision the community has always been clamoring for. On top of that, an updated and optimized UI geared towards mouse interactions makes a lot of the inputs in Forge easier/faster than before,” said 343 Industries UGC Director, Tom French.

    The main reason behind the decision to release Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition is for PC gamers to create maps that can be published and played on the Xbox One. But don’t hold your breath for cross-platform multiplayer support.

    While this free, limited version of Halo 5 may be a disappointment to those waiting for the first PC Halo title since the Halo 2 port in 2007 (not counting the Spartan Assault spin-off), it could be a sign that Microsoft is testing the waters before bringing the full game to Windows 10 at some point in the future.

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  2. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    I guess a step in the right direction. When will they decide that the PC gaming market wants Halo for PC though? I am not ashamed to say my friends and I run the hacked Halo 4 for PC during our LAN parties. The game is good fun and is much better on a PC.

    Map editing on the PC is better too obviously. This is great for map designers, should bring the community some slightly better maps and bring them faster!
     
  3. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 374   +329

    They've already bothered to port the engine to PC to make this map editor work, and multiplayer works. Why not just open it up to the full multiplayer system, or heck, just port the full game? the hard part (game engine) is already done, just port all of it and sell it for $60!
     
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  4. ChuckyDhaBeast

    ChuckyDhaBeast TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    You know what's in less than a month????
    E3!!!!
    It would make sense as it could be used as a sort of beta for the final release on pc at the end of the year!!!
     
  5. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Enthusiast Posts: 94   +38

    This is great news. I'm glad Microsoft is exploring this with a few games now. I'm loving the fact that there are PC ports to some of these iconic Xbox only games.
     

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