After many, many requests, Microsoft has finally fulfilled one of the longest running requests from Halo fans: to properly bring Master Chief to PC. But it’s not just coming to the Microsoft Store – Halo is coming to Steam, as well.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes multiple Halo games, will be rolled out later this year through the Microsoft Store and Steam. The biggest note is that the entirety of the Master Chief Collection won’t be released all at once, but in stages. A representative from 343 Industries explained that the staggered release would give the developers time to focus on each title.
“We are laying the groundwork for PC native features such as excellent mouse and keyboard controls, support for multiple resolutions and aspect ratios, field-of-view sliders, and adjustable framerates, to name but a few. And yes, there will be support for Xbox gamepads and other PC controllers,” 343 Industries said in an announcement post.
They also announced that Halo: Reach would be added to Halo: MCC on consoles in two parts – the multiplayer for existing owners, as well as the singleplayer campaign and Firefight as premium DLC. Game Pass subscribers, however, will get access to the lot in one hit.
Reach, meanwhile, will be the first Halo game made available on PC, with the rest of the Halo catalogue patched in afterwards in chronological order. Microsoft added that with 343 Industries focusing on Halo Infinite, they had to enlist the help of two external studios to make the port happen: Scottish developer Ruffian Games and Splash Damage, the British devs behind Enemy Territory and Dirty Bomb more recently.