Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary PC test flight goes live

Halo 2: Anniversary
Halo 2: Anniversary (Image credit: 343 Industries)

What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has officially began the first PC test flight for Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary.
  • The flight includes Singleplayer and Co-op Campaign, Matchmaking, Custom Games, Theater, and Customization options for both games.
  • Additionally, the flight also contains a test-run of a Challenge system that will encourage players to complete specific tasks in-game for experience.
  • Invitations for the flight are being distributed through Halo Waypoint, and selected participants will recieve an email with instructions.

Halo developer 343 Industries has officially began its first PC test flight for Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary. Halo Insiders should keep an eye on both their email and their Halo Waypoint page, as players will be notified on both if they have been selected for the flight and will recieve further instructions about how to install the test build.

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This test flight includes Singleplayer and Co-op Campaign content as well as Matchmaking, Custom Games, Theater, and Customization for both Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary. On top of this, a brand new Challenges system is being tested in the flight that will task players with compelting certain objectives to earn experience rewards. A system like this is something players have been asking for for a long time now, so it's great to see that it's on its way. Halo: Reach Forge and Theater were also originally planned for this flight, but it looks like tests for that content needed to be delayed for the time being.

If you want to have a chance at partaking in future flights, you'll need to sign up for the Halo Insider Program. This program is free, and all you need to do is provide 343 Industries with your PC specs and the information it needs to roll out test builds to your Steam/Windows 10 Store account. We highly recommend signing up, as there's no drawback to doing so. After all, you get to play Halo for free, and you're helping 343 Industries take care of pesky bugs in the process. It's a no-brainer!

The Master Chief Collection, which includes all pre-Xbox One Halo shooter titles, is available on Xbox One, Steam, and the Windows 10 Store. When it releases in full, you'll also be able to get Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary as a standalone purchase.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.