Exciting news for Halo fans as the next instalment in the game’s franchise has no reason not to come to PC as well as Xbox One, according to Xbox Boss Phil Spencer.
After years of awaiting the return of the Halo series to PC, fans might finally get their wishes with Halo 6. Although not officially announced at this time, there seems to be zero reason for Microsoft to not release Halo 6 on Windows 10 alongside its Xbox One counterpart.
Younger Halo fans might not know this, but the first two games in the futuristic shooter’s main series were both released on PC as well as Xbox. With Halo 3, the series became an Xbox exclusive, a change that led to a lot of fans upset in the PC gaming community. Now it seems that we might finally be getting the next iteration in the franchise to be making its highly-anticipated return onto PC, thanks to Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative.
The premise of the feature is that it allows gamers to access a PC and Xbox One copy of their games after purchasing it once. As such, Microsoft’s games will be developed for both Xbox and PC, meaning that there’s no reason for any future Halo titles not to be playable on computer through the Windows Store. As further evidence that Halo 6 will almost definitely be coming to PC, the next spin-off title to be released, Halo Wars 2, will be available to play on Windows 10 upon its release in February.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Microsoft Boss Phil Spencer announced that he’s “not about putting content only on console to manipulate Windows gamers to go buy an Xbox.” He goes on to say:
“It’s a different experience from playing on PC. I’m not saying it’s better or worse, it’s just different. Halo 5 absolutely could be played on a PC. There’s nothing about that gameplay mechanic that doesn’t work.”
Although Halo 5‘s Forge Mode will be coming to PC later this year, it seems that Microsoft still has no plans to port the rest of the title away from its Xbox One exclusivity. When asked about why this is, Spencer responded that while he could choose spend time working on a Halo 5 port, he’s instead having 343 look forward to the future with their plans. The interview concluded with the Xbox boss confirming that there is no reason at all that Halo 6 would not come to PC when it releases.
The game won’t necessarily have cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox however, as Microsoft have recently clarified that not all games will receive support for that particular feature. In Halo‘s case, it’s probably for the best, seeing as the snap reactions available to PC players are much faster than an Xbox controller allows for.
Would you like to see Halo 6 on PC, Ranters?
Halo 6 has yet to be officially announced.
Source: PC Gamer