June 9, 2019: This article has been updated with information about pricing.

Ever since the release of Halo 2 Vista in 2004, first-person shooter Halo titles have been completely absent on PC, with the sole exception of Halo 5: Guardians' Forge and Custom Games modes. Due to this, PC players haven't been able to finish the fight with Halo 3, continue the Master Chief's journey in Halo 4, and more. Thankfully, though, that's changing.

Today on Inside Xbox, it was revealed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) (Halo: MCC) is making its way to PC, thanks to the efforts of 343 Industries and its partners, Splash Damage and Ruffian Games. The way that it's being released makes stability a priority, which is great news. In addition, you'll be able to buy the MCC from two different places, and there's new, unexpected content coming as well.

Here's everything you need to know about Halo MCC on PC.

Finish the Fight

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Experience the entirety of Halo history

The Master Chief Collection is a collection of every Halo shooter from the pre-Xbox One era, offering incredible value at an incredible price — and soon, it will include Halo: Reach.

Halo MCC on PC: Gameplay and what to expect

Instead of bringing all of the Halo games into the PC ecosystem at once, 343 Industries and Microsoft are instead opting for a slower approach, in which each title is released one at a time — this is being done to ensure a stable launch for each title. In terms of content, each individual game will have Campaign, Multiplayer, and Custom Games, as well as Forge and Theater mode. In addition, official mod support is confirmed, but the extensiveness of it will vary based on the Halo game in question. There will be a new progression system for all of the games' unlocks, and there will be cross progression between both the Xbox and PC versions of the game. As an added bonus, 343 Industries is also currently planning to uncap the framerates of each game, too.

The Halo games will be released slowly, one at a time.

Fans will be pleased to know that every Halo shooter aside from Halo 5: Guardians is being brought to PC, including Halo: Reach, which is a fantastic surprise for players who enjoyed Bungie's last entry into the franchise. Just like the other titles, it will have all the modes it originally had, and on modern PCs people can expect the best variant of the game yet. Additionally, Halo: Reach is also being added to the MCC on Xbox One, and will receive support for 4K HDR and 60 frames per second (FPS) gameplay.

Halo MCC on PC: Release date and price

Due to the slow and methodical approach to releasing the Halo games on PC, none of the titles currently have concrete release dates. However, it is known that Halo: Reach is the first game that will be released, and the order in which each game is released thereafter is based on when they chronologically occurred in the Halo universe timeline. Therefore, all of the Halo titles will be launched on PC in this order:

  • Halo: Reach.
  • Halo: Combat Evolved/Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
  • Halo 2/Halo 2: Anniversary.
  • Halo 3: ODST (Campaign).
  • Halo 3.
  • Halo 4.

When it comes to pricing information for the MCC on PC, we know that each game except for Halo 3: ODST will cost $10. ODST, on the other hand, will cost five dollars. On the Xbox One version of the MCC, though, we know that Halo: Reach's multiplayer suite (Matchmaking, Forge, Custom Games, and Theater) will be given to all MCC owners for free, while the Campaign and Firefight modes will be offered as a premium add-on DLC, just like Halo 3: ODST's campaign was. If you're an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, you'll get the full Halo: Reach experience at no cost.

If you'd like to assist 343 Industries test various builds of each Halo game, then make sure to sign up for the Halo Insider program. The first test flight begins in June.

Halo MCC on PC: Where can you buy?

The MCC is coming to PC, but where will you be able to actually enjoy it? You'll be able to buy, download, and play each Halo game on both the Microsoft Store and on Steam, which allows players to choose their preferred platform. According to the Steam listing for the MCC you'll need an Xbox Live account; this is most likely so your profile is integrated into the Halo ecosystem that currently exists on console.

The freedom to choose between the Microsoft Store and Steam is wonderful.

This freedom of choice is excellent in a PC market that has recently been racked with exclusive release controversies, and speaking as an avid PC player myself, it's very much appreciated. Hopefully, the Halo titles end up running excellently on both services, and it would be cool if the MCC was integrated into each service's community features, too.

Halo MCC on PC: Final thoughts

Though we are relatively light on details, the fact the Halo games are even coming to PC is absolutely fantastic, and I can't wait for the PC gaming community to finally get their hands on the franchise after being hung out to dry since 2004. This is something that the community has practically begged for, and Microsoft and 343 Industries granting them their wish should be commended.

Your thoughts

What do you think about the decision to bring the MCC to PC? Let me know what your opinion is in the comments, and make sure to check back on this article frequently so you don't miss when we update it with new information.

Finish the Fight

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Experience the entirety of Halo history

The Master Chief Collection is a collection of every Halo shooter from the pre-Xbox One era, offering incredible value at an incredible price — and soon, it will include Halo: Reach.

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