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Halo 5 PC isn't happening, Microsoft reconfirms

Halo 5 won't come to PC any time soon, and here's why that makes sense.

@DeekeTweak
Published Wed, Sep 12 2018 1:31 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:18 PM CDT

The full Halo 5 experience isn't coming to Windows 10 PCs any time soon, Microsoft reconfirms.

Halo 5 PC isn't happening, Microsoft reconfirms | TweakTown.com

Although Microsoft has said multiple times that Halo 5 won't come to PC, gamers speculated that a recent box art change could hint at a PC port. This isn't happening; the awkward story campaign and rather good multiplayer will stay at home on the Xbox One. And honestly this makes a lot of sense.

"As we've shared previously, we do not have plans to launch Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10 PC," a Microsoft rep told CNET.

There's many reasons why Halo 5 wouldn't come to PC right now. It's just not the right time. 343 Industries is way, way too busy with Halo 6 (aka Halo: Infinite) to port Halo 5's complete package over to PC. The studio hasn't even completed Halo 6's new Slipspace Engine, strongly hinting the next chapter won't drop until the next-gen Xbox Scarlett family releases sometime in 2020 or thereabouts.

Halo 5's live services are being monitored and kept up by the studio, which involves rotating playlists and making new content. And the studio is also continually updating the Halo: Master Chief Collection to boot. But why can't another studio handle Halo 5's porting? Because they're also helping 343i make Infinite.

Plus Halo sells Xbox consoles (or at least it used to) and acts as a big draw to pump Xbox One sales. Now that Halo 5 is on Game Pass we could see more game and console sales spark up, and more engagement spending across the board.

Despite Microsoft's marked lack of console exclusives, the future of Halo will be on PC too: Halo 6 will launch on Windows 10 PCs alongside Xbox One consoles. This dual-porting of the next Halo alongside Master Chief Collection's updates and Halo 5's upkeep means 343i simply doesn't have the time to bring Halo 5 to PC right now.

At least we'll still have Halo 5: Forge and custom games, though.

NEWS SOURCE:cnet.com

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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