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Halo 3 on PC launches early on Steam and Windows 10

Halo 3 artwork
Halo 3 artwork (Image credit: Bungie)

What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has released Halo 3 on PC earlier than expected.
  • The game was originally slated to go live at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST.
  • The update also brings new seasonal unlocks and includes Forge mode for Halo: Reach, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo 3.

Halo developer 343 Industries has officially released Halo 3 on PC over half a day earlier than previously expected. The game was slated to launch at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST on July 14, but the game is out right now and players can both download and install the game's content through Steam and the Windows 10 Store.

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Alongside Halo 3's Campaign and Multiplayer modes, the new update also brings several new features and pieces of content to the table as part of the start of Halo: The Master Chief Collection's second season. This includes a challenge system that rewards players with completing specific objectives in-game, new weapon and vehicle skins for use in Halo: Combat Evolved, new profile nameplates, the Forge modes for Halo: Reach, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo 3, and more. These new items and systems are available on the Xbox One version of the game as well.

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Overall, it's awesome to see Halo 3 launch earlier than expected, as PC players have been incredibly excited to get their hands on the game. If you're one of them, you can pick Halo 3 up for $10 through either Steam or the Windows 10 Store. Alternatively, if you'd rather buy the full Master Chief Collection and get all of the games on it (both current and upcoming), you can do so for $40.

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.