Good news for Halo fans waiting for a new PC addition to the first person shooter franchise. Microsoft will launch Halo Online, a free multiplayer shooter for that platform sometime in the spring of 2015. The bad news? It will only be released in Russia.
The Halo Waypoint site has the first details on Halo Online, which will be co-developed by Innova Systems and Saber Interactive, the later of which worked with Microsoft to upgrade the graphics for both Halo and Halo 2 for the recent Xbox One game Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Microsoft says:
Halo Online is powered by a highly modified version of the Halo 3 engine and optimized for smooth performance on lower-end PCs. 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.
Microsoft will hold a closed beta for the game before its official launch. In an FAQ, the company addressed the obvious question of whether or not Halo Online would be released outside Russia. It stated:
Right now our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia. Theoretically, any expansion outside of Russia would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations.
Microsoft previously announced plans to release Halo: Spartan Strike for the PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. It was supposed to launch in December but Microsoft later delayed the release of the game to "early 2015" due to the company wanting to fix the online matchmaking issues for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Since the delay was announced there's been no status report on the game.
Source: Halo Waypoint