Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the best-selling game worldwide on Steam

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Image credit: 343 Industries)

What you need to know

  • Halo hasn't had a huge presence on PC since the initial release of the first game, Combat Evolved.
  • The franchise is making a triumphant return with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which started on Xbox.
  • 343 Industries is releasing one Halo game at a time on PC, starting with Reach and now Combat Evolved.
  • With Halo: Combat Evolved now out, Halo: MCC has spiked to the top of Steam's top sellers list.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a must-have for any Halo fan, now featuring up to six Halo games in all their remastered glory on Xbox One consoles. However, the incredible collection is now making its way onto PC, and it's clear that gamers are rejoicing at its arrival. After Halo: Combat Evolved made its return to PC after a nearly two decade absence, the Master Chief Collection has soared to the top of Steam's best selling games list worldwide. The game is even beating out pre-orders for the much-awaited sequal to Doom 2016, Doom Eternal.

This is a notable accomplishment, since the Master Chief Collection on PC currently only features two of the six Halo games present on Xbox One. This shows that their is a ton of interest in the Halo franchise amongst PC gamers, and comes just a few months after it topped Steam's charts during its intial launch with Halo: Reach. Based on this, it's easy to speculate how the collection will perform with each successive Halo title that launches on PC. And with Halo Infinite also coming to PC on day one, it's clear that 343 Industries is holding nothing back. Halo is once again a household name for PC gamers.

Halo: Combat Evolved on PC is an impressive, if gently flawed port that shows how much potential Halo has with the flexibility and power afford by gaming PC's. While it launched with some bugs, 343 Industries has already released a huge patch for both Xbox One and PC that focuses almost entirely on improving the experience for players. With this kind of dedication, the future is very bright for Halo.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

  • I got the MCC for free on the Microsoft Store with Microsoft Rewards points. I just got Ori and the Will of the Wisps the same way. I would highly recommend doing the same to anyone.
  • I use my Reward points for Ultimate Gamepass whenever I have enough. Gives me free months. Effectively giving me hundreds of games continuously. And all MS exclusives release Gamepass day 1.
  • Reward points do nothing in the UK just for entering sweepstakes that result in nothing. Anyways, good to see Halo MCC gain new popularity.