When does Halo: The Master Chief Collection release on PC?

Kat, of the Spartan-IIIs in Halo: Reach
Kat, of the Spartan-IIIs in Halo: Reach (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

When does Halo: The Master Chief Collection release on PC?

Best answer: Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC is slated to release in 2019. Halo: Reach leads its staged rollout, with brief tests underway via the Halo Insider Program.Amazon: Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One ($29)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection for PC is near

First unveiled during Microsoft's Inside Xbox live show, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is making its highly-anticipated PC debut. Following over a decade of exclusivity to the Xbox console family, the extensive compilation will bring the best of the iconic shooter to Steam and Windows 10.

Upon its PC arrival, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will feature six core entries, spanning both mainline titles and flagship spin-offs. Kicking off the rollout is 2010's Halo: Reach, exploring a fireteam of soldiers before the events of the first Halo game. Later titles are set to follow under a staggered rollout, dropping each title in chronological order.

When does Halo: MCC PC release?

Halo: Reach multiplayer gameplay.

Halo: Reach multiplayer gameplay. (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

343 Industries, the developer behind Halo: The Master Chief Collection, is currently promising the Halo: Reach PC launch "later this year." The in-house Microsoft studio remains opposed to a formal public release date, beyond its previously-outlined 2019 timeframe. However, with the Halo Insider Program, there will be early access opportunities.

Microsoft is preparing pre-release Xbox and PC builds for distribution via the Halo Insider Program for extensive testing. It's your first chance to play Halo: The Master Chief Collection before launch, enrolled by registering on the Halo Waypoint site. You'll need to provide details on your Halo experience, accounts, PC hardware, and availability for consideration in tests.

343 Industries has now tested Campaign, Firefight, and Multiplayer, both on Xbox One and PC. It appears to be wrangling the technicalities of PC controls and interfaces while improving overall stability.

An internal Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One build, featuring Halo: Reach.

An internal Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One build, featuring Halo: Reach.

As for the public release, 343 Industries remains open, as detailed via a community Q&A thread on Reddit.

Right now the priority is getting Halo: Reach ready for public flighting and work is underway almost in parallel for Halo: CE, which will be the second game. Ultimately we want to get these games into player's hands as soon as possible. We're hesitant to commit to a firm time frame because the truth is they're ready when they're ready. Flighting will be critical to help us get these titles to a great place and depending on how that goes, it could lengthen or extend the release cadence. We'll definitely share more details as we start ramping up flighting.

There's rumor of a holiday launch to follow this early rollout. Could we see a release date at X019 in November? Only time will tell.

Prepare for Reach

Details remain thin on Halo: The Master Chief Collection for PC and Microsoft is keeping expectations in-check before committing to a formal release window. For those clamoring to play beforehand, the Halo Insider Program serves as your early access ticket. However, expect a public release date in the coming months after the invite-only test builds roll out.

In the meantime, you can pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection's Xbox One version today.

Cheap PC accessories we love

Take a gander at these awesome PC accessories, all of which will enhance your Windows experience.

Anker 4 port USB 3.0 hub ($10 at Amazon)

Whether on a desktop or laptop PC, you always need more ports to connect things to. This hub gives you an additional four USB 3.0 Type A ports.

Ikea Fixa Cable Management System ($11 at Amazon)

This IKEA cable management kit is your ticket to a clean setup. It's simple and functional.

NZXT Puck ($20 at Amazon)

This clever little accessory has powerful magnets on the rear to make it stick to any of the metal panels on your PC case or anything else. It's great for hanging accessories like headsets.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.