Microsoft has confirmed that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is now available on PC, allowing players to experience the very beginning of the franchise. It is part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection which can be accessed through the PC beta of Xbox Game Pass, or through buying the collection on the Microsoft Store or Steam. You can also pick up the game separately from the collection if you choose to.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary supports 4K graphics and will run at 60fps, or higher if your rig can handle it. There are options for a variable framerate, mouse and keyboard controls, the option to rebind keys, display support for various ratios and ultrawide monitors. There is also the option to use the classic game audio as well as better customisation options for Spartans.
Way back in 2011 when Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary released for the Xbox 360 Nofi wrote in his review:
Halo deserves all the acclaim it gets, even today. It’s hard to explain exactly why it’s so revered, but I just tend to think of it like this: no other FPS had me glued to it not just for the first time through, but the fifth. I don’t think everything about the remake is perfect, but there’s enough in it to warrant a second purchase for even the most hardened fans – the first time you hear the gun on the Warthog spin up, the first shotgun blast, the first time you take down a Hunter – gaming nirvana.
I guess some of those feelings that he felt in 2011 will be felt once again for everyone who will be diving into Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on PC be it as a returning player or someone who is experiencing the game for the first time. I think we’re just getting started.