Is Halo 3 finally coming to PC? That's the question on the minds of Halo fans after a recent AMD event in South Korea, where the company launched its powerful R5 CPUs. During the event, AMD played a highlight reel of various games that could be powered by the R5 CPUs, which included Halo 3 artwork featuring Master Chief.
AMD didn't make any official announcement regarding Halo 3 coming to PC, but it's odd that it would use artwork from the game if that wasn't the case. Of course, it's possible that AMD simply chose artwork of Master Chief to point out that there are some Halo games already on the platform, not necessarily Halo 3.
Another explanation is that Halo 3 is coming to PC with remastered graphics and cut-scenes as Halo 3 Anniversary. Since this year marks the 10 year anniversary of the launch of Halo 3, there have been rumors that Microsoft is going to announce Halo 3 Anniversary at E3 2017 in June for release this holiday season, in lieu of Halo 6. If this rumored project comes to pass, then Halo 3 Anniversary would presumably come to Xbox One as well as PC as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.
Halo 3 Anniversary is an unconfirmed rumor at this point in time, and any information about it should be taken with a massive grain of salt. Still, it's hard to deny that the timing seems perfect for Microsoft to launch such a game if it ever plans to do so. After all, Halo 3's 10 year anniversary is this year, and it could be a good way to fill the gap between Halo 5 and 6. Furthermore, it would also allow Microsoft to ship Project Scorpio with a "new" Halo game right out of the gate.
If Microsoft is planning to release a remastered version of Halo 3, some may be wondering why it doesn't just bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC instead. Well, as Xbox One fans know, The Master Chief Collection has had a litany of technical problems since it launched three years ago, and still has issues that persist to this day. Considering the game's ongoing issues, perhaps Microsoft decided it wouldn't be worth the headache trying to bring The Master Chief Collection to PC.
Regardless of how Halo 3 will be making its way to PC, with Microsoft's recent push for PC gaming, it seems like an inevitability that the whole franchise will come to the platform at some point. But before fans get too excited about AMD's use of Halo 3 artwork, they should keep in mind that it could mean nothing at all.
Halo 3 is available now for Xbox 360 and through The Master Chief Collection, Xbox One.
Source: DSO Gaming