Third-Person ‘Halo’ Game Outed for PC?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 28th, 2013 at 4:33 pm,

Halo Bootcamp PC

With the latest entry in the Halo franchise garnering rave reviews, and talk of a long-awaited TV series finally in the offing, there’s never been a better time to call yourself a shotgun-loving, Covenant-crushing space marine supreme. Well, unless you’re a PC gamer, that is. Despite making a pair of appearances on the computer format some 6-plus years ago, Microsoft’s franchise favorite has yet to return to desktop duty in the wake of the much-delayed Halo 2 Vista.

Back in March, Eurogamer reported on an interesting find in the annals of an AMD Beta driver, detailing what appeared to be an entry for Halo 3 PC. This telltale listing prompted plenty of wild speculation online as well as a petition to release the much-anticipated title from captivity. It all proved for naught however as Microsoft intervened to squash the rumor later that same month, stating “we currently do not have plans to release any Halo titles on Steam, nor do we currently have plans to release a PC version of Halo”. With that, all hopes of a PC-centric comeback were kiboshed — until today.

According to reports appearing online over the past 24 hours, a mix up involving Microsoft and the Korean ratings board has resulted in the accidental outing of Halo’s latest title: ‘Bootcamp’.  Whilst little is yet known about the entry, statements from the game’s publisher have been unusually forthcoming in confirming the title’s existence as well as its ties, or lack thereof, to the second Halo trilogy.

“What’s Bootcamp? It is not related to our Xbox One efforts, or the Reclaimer Saga, but rather a project we’re very enthusiastic about and will have more to say about in the very near future.”

So what might this latest adventure entail? Well, the word ‘Bootcamp’ appears often in the expanded Halo universe; most commonly in connection with the Master Chief John 117’s superhuman training school. This black ops base, first glimpsed in the Eric Nylund novel Halo: Fall of Reach, fostered the famous Spartan program that gave birth to the Chief as well some as his less fortunate cohorts. Taking place in a time before the Covenant threat, recruits hone their skills against one another through a series of unrelenting physical tests, a prospect not entirely unfamiliar to fans of Halo’s multiplayer.

Halo Bootcamp Screenshots

A description of Bootcamp also surfaced, and it appear to be an entirely new adventure that’s played from a third-person perspective. This info comes from the NeoGAF page that originally pieced together the Halo Bootcamp news, and it sounds like gamers will be in for a very different type of experience this time around.

“‘Halo’ as a third-person point of view based on the worldview of the mission is going to be executing an action game of water.”

“Minor violence representation (expressed as mere weaponry, attacks and a third-person point-of-blood description).”

It’s impossible to tell who’s developing this title, although Black Tusk Studios is certainly a legitimate possibility. Maybe E3 will clear things up, but it’s not absurd to imagine that the game will be hitting the Xbox 360 or Xbox One as well. Only time will reveal Bootcamp’s true nature, so until then, let the Spartan-fueled speculation begin.

Are you excited that Halo is returning to the PC? Would you buy a third-person Halo title?

Sources: Gameranx & NeoGAF (via Gamefront)

TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo, Microsoft, PC

  • Alter

    this could work

  • wray johnston

    Bad news? PC has been waiting, and they should encourage more games in this direction.

  • Lord Sam

    So this might be a halo game based around a young master chief? say like 15 or 16? or how ever old he is in forward unto dawn lol or maybe it may focus on the spartan 4’s and their training cause it was secretive as well freaking oni lol

  • Shalkowski

    Ssooo would this be exclusive to PC?

    • Riley Little

      PC is the only known platform, but I can’t imagine there would be a Halo game that didn’t come to Xbox. 😛

      • Shalkowski

        I was thinking that maybe it would spill over to the PS side too. Perhaps not the full blown game, but the back story games like ODST. In my opinion, its only fair since Xbox is getting MGS Ground Zeros.

  • DeathFX

    This is pretty freaking exciting! I hope it also comes to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One because I feel like it could be much more successful on all three of them. I say that because I love the story of Master Chief and the Halo Universe and I hope that anyone taking part in the Halo franchise is successful! I can’t wait until E3 now! I wonder if this is going to be like ODST but for Halo 4. Maybe it’s kind of explaining the stories of the Spartan 4’s that Master Chief just found out about in Halo 4. Ahhh this is awesome!

  • luke perry glover

    It could be a halo wars style game. Cant wait for e3 :)

  • Brent Hale

    How will this game stack up to Blizzard’s Titan project? It will very be interesting to see how Bungie does on the PC platform.

  • Ken J

    Um, I wonder if they realize that the only people a game like Halo impresses are console gamers…

  • luke perry glover

    There already is 2 halo games on the pc and the first one is still live. And you never know, a pc halo exclusive could be popular cause its never happened before. The other 2 came out ears after the console versions

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  • Inuboy

    Why no Halo 4 on PC?