Surprise! Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is Available Now for PC

Posted on March 3, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Games, PC gaming, Xbox with 8 Comments

After just two weeks of testing, Microsoft has released the remastered Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on the PC as part of the Master Chief Collection.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a remastered version of the original Halo campaign, created in celebration of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history,” a Microsoft representative told me. “The game looks and plays better than ever at 60 frames-per-second (or greater) with 4K UHD support, and players can fine-tune their experience with a vast array of options including variable framerate, native mouse/keyboard support and the ability to rebind controls, support for ultra-wide displays and different aspect rations, updated texture/shadow quality and more.”

Microsoft announced its plans to bring all of the games in the Master Chief Collection to the PC about a year ago, and it delivered the first of those titles, Halo: Reach, in early December. As the second game in the series from a continuity perspective, the original Halo, now called Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, entered public testing just two weeks ago, in mid-February. We knew its development would be faster than that of Halo: Reach, but I’m pretty sure no one thought it would be that fast.

If you’re interested in playing on PC—and you should be, it’s a classic— Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary can be obtained in a variety of ways, including:

Buy the Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle. Available for $39.99 from both the Microsoft Store and Steam, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection provides all of the Master Chief-related Halo titles (plus Halo 3: ODST) into a single bundle, with each title being released over time.

Buy Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary standalone. The standalone version of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary can be purchased from the Microsoft Store or Steam for $9.99.

Subscribe to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). If you join Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta), you’ll get access to Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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