The sequel to one of the most influential first person shooters, and a truly defining game in its own right as a pioneering online multiplayer console game, Halo 2 is out now for PC… again!
Halo 2: Anniversary is available either via Steam or the Microsoft Store, as a standalone purchase within the wider Master Chief Collection. Alternatively you can just pick up a subscription to Xbox Game Pass for PC and play it and the already released Halo: Reach and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition for PC.
Halo 2: Anniversary was a key pillar to The Master Chief Collection when it released for Xbox One back in 2014. The entire game was remade with modern day graphics and stunningly realised cutscenes, but with the ability to switch back to the original 2004 Xbox visuals at the press of a button.
With Halo 2’s release, the PC version of the game should be given a big shot in the arm in terms of multiplayer. Halo 2 was where the series went online, tapping into the fledgling Xbox Live and gaining a sizeable following. TMCC on PC now features seven remastered multiplayer maps from Halo 2: Anniversary, as well as 25 maps brought forward from the original Halo 2.
As with the first two games released on PC, the game has been optimised for the platform, with 4K support, support for 60FPS and higher, and plenty of customisation options to fiddle with mouse and keyboard settings, ultrawide monitors, FOV customisation and more.
The next step on 343 Industries’ PC journey will be the release of Halo 3 for PC, before Halo 3 ODST and Halo 4 round out the collection of games. Hopefully they’ll be able to wrap that up by summer, which will do nicely to lead into the expected release of Halo Infinite for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC this holiday – we currently expect Microsoft to show off the game as part of a first party Xbox showcase in July. The one game left out in the cold will then be Halo 5, the most recent, somewhat unloved game in the series.