Microsoft announces that the Forge Mode tools from Halo 5: Guardians will be launching in the coming months for free on the Windows 10 platform with added features.
There's no denying that Halo 5: Guardians has been pretty successful since it launched in the fall of last year. Its launch week alone brought in over $400 million dollars, making it the fastest selling Xbox One exclusive to date. Not wanting to rest on that early success, developer 343 Industries has been producing free content updates for players, having recently launched the sixth pack in a seven month span. Now, the developer is looking at bringing an even bigger group of players into the game thanks to an upcoming free update for Windows 10 users.
In an announcement on Xbox Wire, Microsoft revealed that the popular Halo map making tool called Forge is arriving on PCs later this year. Being referred to as 'Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition', players can affectively create their levels on a Windows 10 machine and then publish it directly to the Xbox One.
This free download will include everything players can find in the Xbox One version of Forge and a number of new options developed exclusively for the PC. These features include the following:
- Keyboard & Mouse Support - Users on Windows 10 can opt to build stages with a keyboard and mouse, rather than a traditional Xbox gamepad. The benefit of this should give users more precision and control.
- Increased Resolution - Support for multiple resolutions including 4k.
- Play Testing With Friends - Build, test, and play with friends right from Windows 10.
- Build On Windows 10 and Publish to Xbox One - Create a map on Windows 10, and then publish it directly to Xbox One.
Microsoft also confirmed that more details for this version of Forge will be coming later this year. Not wanting to leave Xbox One players out in the cold, Microsoft also teased additional features and updates coming to the Xbox One version of Forge throughout the rest of 2016. This includes new features like additional environments, advanced file sharing capabilities, new items such as pieces, palettes, props, and much more. It's clear 343 Industries has a plan in order to keep Halo 5 feeling fresh outside of its free semi-monthly content updates.
One thing to keep in mind is that this free download is not the actual Halo 5: Guardians game, only the map-making toolset. While having Forge Mode arrive on PC may appear to indicate that the full game will eventually find its way to this platform, Microsoft hasn't changed its stance on the matter. A couple of months ago, Xbox head, Phil Spencer confirmed that the game was built with consoles in mind and doesn't believe a PC port will be made any time soon, if at all.
With keyboard and mouse support enabled, will you be making maps on the PC or do you plan to stick to the console version? Let us know your plans down below in the comments.
Halo 5: Guardians is available now exclusively on Xbox One. Forge Mode arrives on PC later this year.
Source: Xbox Wire