Microsoft has finally confirmed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be making a landing on PC after months of speculation by Halo fans. This comes after years of largely ignoring the PC fanbase. Aside from later releases of the original Halo: Combat Evolved and a limited Vista exclusive for Halo 2, the classic FPS franchise has largely skipped the PC as a platform. That’s all finally about to change.
But there’s even more good news with this announcement than just a PC release. This news is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also getting another update to include another game from the franchise, Halo Reach. Halo Reach was originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2010, and was developer by series pioneer Bungie. It tells the story of a vital event in the Human-Covenant Wars, the fall of the fortress world Reach, and the deaths of the Spartan-IIs Noble Team, and the player-character, Spartan-III Noble Six.
The update that adds Reach content, specifically Halo: Reach multiplayer will be available as a free add-on for everyone who already owns the collection, while the single-player campaign will cost extra. So Xbox One owners get all that new stuff for no extra charge. PC players who pick up the collection get this and all the other previously released content right out of the gate. No release date on the PC or console versions though.
Check out the newly minted trailer for the PC release of these excellent games down below.
We do know that the PC port will come out sometime “later this year,” although no other details yet.
And if you want to get your hands on it now, the current version of the collection is already on Xbox Game Pass, and yes that version will also get Reach content.
At launch, The Master Chief Collection consisted of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. In 2015 343 Industries added Halo 3: ODST to the collection. The addition of Halo: Reach will mean that every Halo game aside from Halo 5 will be part of the bundle and on Xbox Game Pass.
The Collection will come to Steam and Windows Store sometime in 2019.