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Forge editor for Windows 10 will support free Halo 5 multiplayer games

Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming release of the free Forge editor for Halo 5: Guardians in Windows 10 will allow for PC users to play in free multiplayer matches on Forge-based maps.

The main purpose of releasing the Forge editor is to give Halo 5 map makers some more options in creating multiplayer levels for the Xbox One first-person shooter. However, as Ars Technica confirmed with Microsoft, there will be a nice side-effect:

Microsoft representatives have confirmed to Ars that the free Windows 10 game will support unfettered online play with anyone on a player's friends list. That means players can create or download a Forge map and invite anyone else playing the Windows 10 version to join in and play to whatever "kill count," time limit, or other win condition they've set. Even better, Microsoft says that this friends-only multiplayer mode in Windows 10 will fully support mouse-and-keyboard game controls.

That's the good news. The bad news is that this release does not mean that Halo 5's single player campaign, nor any of its non-Forge multiplayer maps, will be coming to Windows 10. It also won't bring over any of the game's matchmaking features, nor does there appear to be any plans to support cross-platform play between Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Many years ago, Microsoft did port both Halo 1 and 2 to PCs, but none of the other Xbox games in the first person shooter series have ever made it to the PC platform. In March 2015, Microsoft, in collaboration with Saber Interactive and Innova Systems, announced that closed beta testing of the free-to-play multiplayer game Halo Online had started in Russia for the PC. However, that test was "temporarily suspended" in December 2015, and there's no word on when, or if, it will resume.

20 Comments
  •  I don't understand the rationale for this decision: they are literally giving away for free what millions of people would gladly pay for, simultaneouslyupsetting the millions of people who already paid for it (not to mention the required XBL Gold subscription console gamers have to have to play Halo 5 online but that Halo 5 Forge players on PC won't have to pay). It would make a lot more sense to just release Halo 5 for Windows 10 and charge full price for it, and just remove the requirement for Xbox Live Gold to play online (on either PC or console). They're just setting themselves up to be lampooned.
  • Dude, it's only for PC
  • PC is a huge market, no matter what anyone says about piracy. I've been wanting Halo on PC for years (although mostly for the story) and would gladly pay for it (the whole game).
    So they're losing money. But I don't mind, more free stuff Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That makes the assumption that the potential market for PC makes up for both the development costs, and the lost Xbox hardware sales for those who would stop buying Xbox stuff if they could get Halo on PC.
  • "Dude, it's only for PC" Dude, that's the point. PC gamers are getting for free something Xbox gamers cannot.
  • That's just the nature of PC. There's no use in complaining about it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm not complaining about it. I'm stating that I do not understand the rationale behind giving away something for free that would easily have been purchased.
  • well, let's put it this way, there are many free mmorpgs, free to play, free to win, whatever you want to call it but you don't need money. and that's because PC games don't like paying for many games, while on console you expect to pay for them, that's why piracy is really an issue on pc gaming, and that's why many publishers have gone console only for their games. ​It sucks but it's better windows 10 with halo, than without halo, even if that angers xbox console fans.
  • His only point in life is to complain about how he has to pay for LIVE. Just ignore him.
  • "Axe Body Spray, I have told you dozens of times on dozens of articles over several months to stop harrassing me, yet you continue to do so like the sociopath that you are. I have no respect for uneducated ignoramuses who mock the plights of disabled folk, defend anti-consumeristic crap pulled by multi-billion-dollar corporations, and have no understanding of basic logic. You're a terrible person. And I have no interest in anything you have to say. Take a clue and take a hike."
  • He's still posting this?.. Wow. What a manchild.
  • Agreed. It's ridiculous that he would continue trolling after being told that many times to bug off. It takes a real sociopath to continue that kind of obsession.
  • You can only play with friends so you're very limited as to how much you can use the feature.
  • Reminds me of halo custom edition
  • I have a feeling like they might eventually port the entire game to PC (possible announcement at E3?). After all, they want to unite the ecosystems... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I wonder what requirements you'll need to meet to run the thing. Considering the Windows Store won't even let me download Forza 6 (not that I had high hopes of it running well to begin with), I have a suspicion I'm out of luck.
  • Wow, amazing news and only a bunch of comments :/
  • How many people's pcs can handle this game. Many forget the variable that is pc gaming, namely that your pc has to be up to it. This is no threat to console halo 5 gamers, and actually benefits console gamers even more because now there's another source for great Forge maps. All in all, a great deal for both platforms; and maybe an allusion to the future for the franchise.
  • It's getting more friendly, I've seen a lot of mainstream laptops featuring the very nice Nvidia GTX 960 gc, next year is only getting better because of Nvidia's pascal and Amd's polaris.
  • .....I know this is an old post...But I hope you realize the xbox one is very weak when it comes to raw power....Most PC gamers are already playing games greater than 1080....I dont think the xbox one has but 2 games that support 1080....With that said....A low end PC could play this game...