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Microsoft still has no plans to release the full version of Halo 5 on Windows 10

Microsoft has confirmed once again it has no plans to release the full version of its Xbox One shooter Halo 5: Guardians for Windows 10, and that the upcoming launch of the game's Forge map editor for the OS doesn't mean it has changed its mind.

Microsoft announced earlier this week that Halo 5's Forge editor will be released for free for Windows 10 later this year. In addition to allowing PC users to make maps for the shooter that can be played on the Xbox One, Microsoft also confirmed that any Forge and Arena maps in Halo 5 can be played online in the Windows 10 Forge editor with friends.

However, in an FAQ on the Windows 10 Forge editor posted on the Halo Waypoint site. developer 343 Industries quickly squashed the idea that Windows 10 would get the full Halo 5 game at some point:

Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition on Windows 10 is a free publishing tool designed for map makers and creators to build and play their creations on Windows 10 and also publish these experiences to Xbox One. As we've stated previously, we have no plans to release Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10. We are focused on building Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Releasing Forge for Windows 10 for free will open up endless opportunities to the PC community to build and play Halo 5 multiplayer content, while also allowing them to share their creations with gamers on Xbox One as well. Windows 10 remains an important focus for the Halo franchise moving forward.

The good news is that Microsoft says the Forge editor for Windows 10 will be "built exclusively on DirectX 12" which should allow for some graphical and performance boosts.

68 Comments
  • Something something exclusive.
  • Microsoft needs to get off the high horse about these exclusives...Here's a simple plan for you MSFT - Release Halo MCC via store, the games have already got you enough money via Xbone. It will sell again and in Good Numbers. Worried about Piracy?? Creep into system via windows update and remove the Windows activation or just block the gamertag who are playing pirated copies(as of now, Quantum Break is yet to be cracked properly, a long and difficult method of cracking it.) or just block the store access of people playing pirated copies. Im sure you can detect and do that. Or just use denuvo. And link Halo MCC for PC with a Windows Phone exclusive app, that gives access to special items or maps for online play via QR COde scans or something. Make a Halo Central app exclusive to WP only and I can pretty much say WP sales would double the Next quarter. But no Microsoft, stay on that High horse of Exclusives. (Remember how people got into Vista only to play Halo 2?? Im sure you dont) GG WP!!!
  • ii used to hate the idea, but it has ups and downs.  releasing halo 5 will mean people will get to play free online on the PC while xbox Live users pay for theirs.  They first need to implement xbox live on the PC and keep it exclusive.  They need to merge xbox and PC so we can have one gamertag, one service.    
  • The issue is two fold, some will cause a ruckus cos they "would" have bought it on pc instead. Whereas others will say it diminishes x1 usps. Then to compound matters you may get click bait articles taking things out of context.
  • No, the collection runs like trash on XB1, and it won't be better on PC without a total gutting and rebuilding of the networking systems. It'll just lead to a reemergence of the "why is this so bad?" comments that happened when it launched in 2014.
  • The MCC has been vastly updated, improved, and it runs pretty fine. Not sure what you're on about. I prefer that it stays on Xbox anyway.
  • It runs passably, but still not well. I think the problem is that it was SO BAD at the start that even below-average is worth celebrating.
  • Not sure when you played it last time and for how long.. I've clocked 8.5 days of game time on MCC. The game runs perfectly fine for me. They had their issues in the beginning but it's been all good for ages.
  • the MCC runs just fine on my Xbox.
  • Then there is no reason to buy XB1 anymore if no more exclusivity. Sony PS survive until now because they got plenty of exclusive games.
  • Very sad. I had hoped they would eventually support Windows 10 and bring Halo back to Windows after all these years. I'm sure others bought an Xbox One just for this game; I was not, and will not, be one of them.
  • Don't worry, I've owned all three Xboxes and never have bought a Halo game.
  • That's fine. I've owned the first two myself. Just getting tired of exclusives that try to force specific hardware on customers
  • Yeah, companies should be forced to develop their games for every possible platform, consoles, PC, Mac, iPad/iPhone, Android, Windows mobile, Linux, Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, Microsoft Band, Gameboy, etc.
  • I would buy a Apple Watch if I could play Halo Wars on it.
  • really? Companies should be forced to develop on every platform ? Are you being silly on purpose? Companies should not be " required " to do anything. Its their company.. they decide, why would anyone get to decide for them?
  • Me too. halo died for me after became exclusive for XBox
  • You only played Halo 1 and 2? That's sad.
  • No, I owned the first two Xbox consoles. And regardless, I think I'll work through the sadness.
  • then, I don't get it -.-
  • After stopping their PC releases of Halo, it's clear they want Halo to be an Xbox exclusive. I'm saying, as much as I'd love to play it again, I will not buy an Xbox for it.
  • What the actual heck.. Halo started as an Xbox exclusive.. It always was and it continues to be exclusive. Whatever version there is on PC, came after it was released on Xbox.
  • My first Halo was on OS X. Loved that game. 
  • Yeah i dont like exclusives either, Uncharted looks like a good series but alas, I'll never know...#Xbox4Life
  • k
  • If they make for W10 pc version make XB1 no value. Why buy XB1 when there is no more exclusive games. Buying Sony PS is more valueble because there is ton of exclusive games.
  • that day would be known as Xbox Apocalypse ....
  • At least preview ?
  • Come on. Dare to be great and release every halo game on 10.
  • Considering you can buy an Xbox One for less than the price of some graphics cards, there is little reason for PC gamers to deny themselves the pleasure of Halo.
  • the fact that you'd have to settle for console graphics.
  • There is; they should not buy it just out of principle; not capitulating to this exclusives BS; plus who in their right mind would want to play an FPS without mouse/keyboard support and the inferior console graphics.
  • So rather than play Halo with console level graphics, you would instead have no graphics at all because there is no pc version? Honestly, I'd call that cutting off your nose to spite your face. It's your loss.
  • No, not my loss, Microsoft's loss; I have plenty of other PC games to play in my free time, from publishers that actually care about PC gaming.
  • And Microsoft has plenty of other people to sell the game to, many of who will buy the hardware and XBL sub to get it, as well.
  • This ^ , You can get a refurbished Xbox One for around $200... And don't tell me "I wont buy an xbox just for one game" You know damn well that you're gonna play other Xbox Exclusives as well.
  • The great thing about PC is, there is never a lack of great games to play.
  • Except you can play with mouse/keyboard on consoles. Those are adapters.
  • I used to be like you, I was PC only. I really miss playing COD2 with a mouse and keyboard. Ahh the good ol days...
  • As somone who owns an Xbox One I've never found any "pleasure" in the Halo franchise.
  • You're missing out, co-op is where it's at :).
  • Yet.
  • What about Halo Online for everyone? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Know the devs personally, it was pretty much cancelled (or put on hold).
  • check the subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloOnline/
  • I actually miss playing halo on PC haha me and my sister used to fight over the PC to play. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android (V10 or 5x)
  • Don't care about Halo 5 on PC until we get Halo: The Master Chief Collection first; and until we get that I am sticking with buying all my games on Steam and not trusting MS with the win store as I did with GFWL.
  • TMCC is a technical disaster. It's best to leave it dead. The whole thing needs rebuilt to be any good. I kind of wish they'd do that, actually. Rebuild the entire networking back end and refresh the visuals. Well, that's what I WOULD have liked. Now, can't say I'd care to see them re-remaster it all.
  • I feel the pain. I paid for Microsoft Flight and all the DLC and I cling to my install that still has a working copy, I loved that game and they scrapped the whole thing. So sad.
  • Wonder if they'll partner with gamespy again
  • Irrelevant to this, but can you please add the old way to get to the comment section in the Windows 10 app back?
  • This is not the place to post about it. Go to their feedback and post there. Posting in the comments does nothing.
  • It's okay but need a full version of forza apex
  • Microsoft having no plans is not news.
  • Dumb. If you want the kids to FULLY embrace Windows 10... Release Halo 1,2,3 and 4 on the PC. Release Halo 5 in a few years.
  • Why? It's already the most popular OS on steam. I'd say gamers have already embraced it.
  • Why not to release the game for both W10 and XB with only one purchase. Sort of a UWP app. That would be great. Halo mobile versions are OK but not GREAT. PLEASEEEEE Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Halo Wars 2 will be available on both platforms ;l Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Halo Wars 2 will be available on both platforms ;) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Who want to buy XB1 if all games already on pc?
  • Me.I dont have a gaming PC rig anymore and am fine with X1/360 graphics. 
  • I only played Halo a few times, thanks goodness it sucked so this does not bother me...regardless though, MS is dumb for not releasing to PC.
  • Halo doesnt suck.
  • Good. I'd rather they spend their development resources getting as far from this disaster as possible, rather than trying to make such an imbalanced mess available on PC.
  • What's strange is just because Microsoft owns Xbox and Windows, people assume it's the natural thing for them to publish all their games on both platforms. It doesn't work like that. For as long as there's competition with Sony, there are going to be exclusive games. And I'm personally fine with them pushing each other to the limit. I enjoy my Xbox and I'd rather continue gaming on it. You people need to relax a little.
  • Microsoft han no plans for a lot of other things...
  • Kinda sucks - I personally do not own an XBOX, but it would at least nice to see the Halo Anniversary collection dumped to Windows 10 - not mobile obviously...
  • So instead of just releasing the game at last, Microsoft instead craps all over their Windows gaming community by releasing the Forge for Windows 10, thereby demonstrating that they have a fully functional copy of the game engine for Windows. While it may be unintentional, this demonstrates an incredible level of passive or active comtempt towards Windows Halo fans that makes it impossible to take any claims of Microsoft's comittment to Windows gaming seriously. I get that they want some kind fo exclusivity for the Xbox, but timed exclusivity will do that just fine, it's not like Halo 5 is going to sell many new Xbox One's at this point, and certainly not to fans like me who don't want to spend £350+ for a single game.