Yes, Halo is returning to PC. Microsoft has confirmed that a multiplayer-only title called Halo Online will be released for PC as a free-to-play game. A beta will be available this spring, but only in Russia.
Halo Online will run on a “highly modified” version of the Halo 3 engine. Microsoft adds that this engine will be “optimized for smooth performance” for lower-end computers.
“While there’s no campaign mode, Halo Online is set on a secret UNSC space installation called Anvil, where Spartan-IV soldiers train together in war exercises to sharpen their battle skills and test experimental technology,” according to Microsoft’s announcement.
Halo Online’s closed beta coming this spring. Microsoft hopes for a lot of feedback to optimize the final game. “We will continuously adjust and modify gameplay, features, and the in-game economy. We’re looking forward to getting feedback from gamers living in Russia when Halo Online enters closed beta later this spring.”
“Right now our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia,” they said. “Theoretically, any expansion outside of Russia would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations.”
The game is being developed by Saber Interactive and will be published by Russian MMO company Innova Systems.
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