Having announced their plans back in March, 343 Industries have been hard at work on bringing the Halo saga to PC for the first time since Halo 2 (well, Halo 5 Forge, if you want to be picky). In the run up to E3, they’ve broken out their latest PC build of the remastered Halo: Reach build and demoed it in a live stream.
It’s exciting for two reasons, one of which is obviously that Halo: Reach is being remastered and brought into The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One, as well as the fact that it’s all coming to PC, albeit in separate instalments. They also discuss how it’s been tailored to PC, with getting the mouse settings right, remapable keys, a field of view slider, support for multiple resolutions, variable frame rate and even (potentially) an uncapped frame rate. Though it’s not planned for launch, they were surprised at the number of requests for splitscreen co-op, and so it’s being considered for a later update.
Check out the stream here:
They also talk about how they’re going to bring the concept of seasons and progression into the game’s multiplayer. This isn’t a way to backdoor a season pass into the game, but an answer to the fans requesting the ability to earn customisations and armour individually, so there will again be an in-game currency and level XP to earn, with Halo: Reach unlockables the goal for those who want to take part. Each game season will be themed, have a levelling system and its own seasonal rewards to earn as well, such as armour, Halo: Reach Firefight voices and nameplates. If you miss a season, those unlocks can be earned later.
Halo: Reach will be coming out for PC on the Microsoft Store and Steam at an unknown date (but probably this year), and will be followed by the rest of the games in chronological order. So that’s Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4.
For players on Xbox One who already have TMCC or Xbox Game Pass, Halo: Reach’s multiplayer will be added into the mix for free, but its campaign and Firefight will be premium add ons, similar to ODST.
Halo: Reach on PC will be playable at E3 2019, and I’m sure Microsoft will chat about it at some point during their mammoth two hour press conference.