Halo 5: Guardians looks to be coming to Windows 10, too

Halo 5: Guardians

With Halo Infinite confirmed for release on PC (Windows 10, at least), it seems that Microsoft are easing up on the stranglehold that has kept the series console-exclusive for so long. The changes might just be retroactive, too, as eagle-eyed folks on Reddit spotted that Halo 5: Guardians is now listed on the Xbox site as being both an Xbox and Windows 10 game, although it’s not up yet on the Windows 10 storefront.

My initial thought was that the Windows 10 logo was probably there for ages anyway, as the semi-standalone multiplayer/level editor Forge bundle has been available free on the Windows Store for ages now. However, a quick peek at the Wayback Machine confirms that yes, the front-and-centre mention of Halo 5 being a Windows 10 game is a very recent addition. While it’s not fully confirmed, this combined with the announcement of Infinite does suggest that the series is finally coming home.

While Halo 5 is a solid enough bit of sci-fi shootery, it’s not my favourite game in the series. The shift to co-op centric design and some annoying unsatisfying-to-shoot enemies introduced in Halo 4 dulls its edge somewhat, and it’s all wrapped up in a story that reads like overenthusiastic fan-fiction. As much as I enjoyed the earlier games, the escalating drama between Master ‘Chief’ Chief and his sassy and increasingly curvaceous AI ladyfriend Cortana just isn’t the greatest of hooks to hang a budding space-opera from.

Here’s hoping that Microsoft sees the light soon and approves the Master Chief Collection – a big bundle of remastered older Halo games – for a PC release next, and let us properly catch up. Oh, and add Halo: Reach to that, too. Because that’s the best one. The collection now includes every other game in the series, so Reach’s absence feels oddly conspicuous at this point. While all we know for sure about about Halo 5 on PC is this logo change, tonight’s E3 PC Gaming Show might include an official announcement, as Microsoft had some stuff to show there last year.

Over on the Microsoft store, Halo 5 has been £15/$20 for some time now, and is included in the Xbox Game Pass subscription.

10 Comments

  1. DatonKallandor says:

    Now they just need to release it on PC and not their walled garden desktop Xboxes.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      That seems unlikely at this point, especially now that (at least according to the Steam survey), Windows 10 is now the most used OS by a large margin.

      • PseudoKnight says:

        To anyone who’s wondering, the last survey put Windows 10 at 55% of users. What Dominic is saying is that it’s the largest single OS version by a large margin, however it’s only the majority of total OS versions by a small margin. (as long as you don’t include China) This means over 45% of Steam gamers cannot play this Halo game, depending on their other requirements.

      • sosolidshoe says:

        Even among people willing to put up with Windows 10, you’ll struggle to find any who’re happy to use their garbage store.

      • Don Reba says:

        Having Windows 10 is no guarantee of being able to use Microsoft Store.

  2. titanomaquis says:

    the community mods on the xbox subreddit just said that this was completely accidental, and that halo 5 is not being worked on for pc. they seemed pretty adamant about it too, not like they were trying to salvage a future announcement.

    so this article may have jumped the gun.

    • Ghostwise says:

      Oh, good. I was worried that I might be interested in something on the MS W10 store.

      • SaintAn says:

        I bought an Xbox One for this game since it was made by one of the Republic Commando makers, played through all the old games for a few weeks as I waited for it to come out, and Halo 5 was so bad that I sold everything. You didn’t miss out on anything of worth.

        • agentghost says:

          i haven’t tried Halo 5 yet but played through every titles on my 360. So I guess I won’t be buying an X1X then?

  3. SomeDuderr says:

    Why Microsoft aren’t re-releasing the old Halo games via a digital distribution platform is still beyond me. They must have milked any and all possible sales by now, so what’s the harm in letting the current generation, who never got to experience Halo on the PC way back when, buy it via Steam/Origin?

    Well, I know why of course – they want exclusivity via their own garbage Store.

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