Microsoft has decided to break the Xbox exclusive Halo franchise into the PC market. Well, that’s half the idea anyway… The latest instalment from 343 Industries, Halo 5: Guardians, will be available for Windows 10 users but not in its entirety: Don’t except any campaign or standard multi-player modes. Instead Microsoft has decided to give the master PC race access to its map development software, Forge – which was only available on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Forge for Windows 10 will allow map creators to use a keyboard and mouse to build their very own multi-player arenas which they can play with friends. The maps can be built and viewed at 4K resolution and ported to the Xbox One. This gives the franchise the ability to enlarge its consumer-created content tenfold by introducing Forge to a wider audience. Even though Microsoft has not mentioned a full release of Halo 5: Guardians on PC, there will at least be a taste of what the latest 343 engine is capable of.
Forge was released in 2007 shortly after Halo 3 was introduced to the public. The map manipulation tool enables players to utilise their creativity by designing multi-player maps and game-type encounters. Forge has been developed in such a way that it allows users to design buildings, surroundings and props to their fullest potential within the Halo engine’s capabilities. The title will be free for download around December 2016 (we hope) and will be published under the title Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition.
Halo 5: Guardians was released for the Xbox One on the 27th of October 2015 and made R6.2 billion in its first week – setting a record sale for Xbox One exclusives. 343 Industries recently announced that it will be launching five new online maps for Halo 5: Guardians, downloadable free of charge, in June 2016.
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a short history of Forge presented by Forge Labs:
By Shawn Greyling