Games will form the biggest chunk of content on Windows Mixed Reality, at least in the near-term, and to supplement that, Microsoft has enlisted Valve's SteamVR platform to help bolster its Mixed Reality library. That doesn't mean Microsoft isn't working on its own titles for Mixed Reality, though.
Working with Halo stewards 343 Industries, Microsoft Studios Corporate Vice President Bonnie Ross announced Halo Recruit at an event in San Francisco.
Halo Recruit sounds more like a VR "experience" rather than a full game, but it should serve as an interesting introduction to Mixed Reality for Halo fans picking up headsets this holiday season.
In a blog post on Microsoft's website, HoloLens inventor and Operating Systems Group Technical Fellow Alex Kipman shared some brief details about Halo Recruit.
As we shared a few weeks back, we are working with an incredible set of partners to bring the most immersive experiences to the Windows Store. We also let everyone know that we were working with the team at 343 Industries to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality. Starting on October 17th, Halo fans will be able to get their first glimpse for what mixed reality and Halo can feel like. Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, joined us as a holographic presenter to share details about Halo Recruit, a fun, brief introduction into the world of Halo – where you'll see several iconic characters in mixed reality for the very first time.
It sounds like it could be a while before we get anything approaching a "full" Halo VR game from Microsoft, but if the company is truly all-in, perhaps Halo 6 will have some form of VR play.
For more from today's Mixed Reality announcements, see the links below.
- Samsung Odyssey HMD revealed for Windows Mixed Reality
- Microsoft has purchased Altspace VR
- Microsoft outlines its plans for Windows Mixed Reality
- SteamVR goes live this holiday season