No, it’s not the “Halo on Windows” announcement you were hoping for. But Windows 10 PCs will take a further step into the Halo universe on September 8, when Microsoft releases Halo 5: Forge to the Windows Store as a free download.
For those not familiar with this product, Halo 5: Forge is basically a map maker for Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One, a way for enthusiasts to create new levels for the game.
To date, Halo 5: Forge has only been available on Xbox One as part of Halo 5: Guardians, of course. But bringing such a thing to the PC makes plenty of sense. On the PC, level makers can take advantage of more precise mouse and keyboard control and of course potentially higher-resolution displays.
But you will also be able to host and play custom matches for up to 16 players, Microsoft says, which is interesting. (I assume that means “host on your PC” and “play from your Xbox One.”)
Separate from Halo 5: Forge, Microsoft will also release the 9th content update for Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One. Called Anvil’s Legacy, this add-on includes new multiplayer maps, new weapons, and other REQ items. But it also brings a new way to discover Forge content courtesy of a new content browser.
“Anvil’s Legacy brings support for custom maps, game modes and Forge Object Groups,” Microsoft explains. “Combined with Halo 5: Forge on Windows 10 PC, the new content browser will let users browse, access and enjoy content from both PC and console Forgers, regardless of which system it was originally created on.”