Yesterday, 343 Industries hosted an AMA session on Reddit and we got to learn a lot more about the upcoming Halo: Master Chief Collection PC ports.
Brian, aka ‘ske7ch’, community director at 343 Industries told a lot about Halo: MCC. Highlights of the session included Windows 10 is not a requirement to run the collection. It can run on Windows 7 too and support for Windows 8 might come later on. 343 is also looking into the possibility of including mod support for the games. There is a huge mod community for the Halo games and it is something fans of the series would highly appreciate.
Although the whole AMA session is long, here are some of the highlights:
- You won’t need Windows 10 to play the Steam versions. Windows 7 is supported, Windows 8 is being looked at.
- Windows Store and Steam players will be able to play together.
- Mod support is a possibility.
- FOV and uncapped frame rates are being planned.
- Multiple aspect ratios supported. No word on custom ratio support.
- No season passes or microtransactions planned.
- The games will have anti-cheat systems for online play.
- New cosmetic customization
- Probably no PC-to-Xbox cross-platform play at launch (so far!)
- There are currently no plans to bring Halo 5 to PC.
- Split-screen multiplayer may not make it.
- Halo: ODST’s Firefight horde/arena mode is “something the team will continue to evaluate for the future”, so probably not making launch. Reach’s Firefight is in, though.
- On Xbox Play Anywhere is not available but might come eventually.
Brian Jarrard, Community Director at 343i says that Halo Reach “will look and play just as great when it lands on the Microsoft Store and Steam with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Firefight available for purchase as the first step in this PC journey”.
With Halo Infinite in production, Halo: Master Chief Collection PC is Microsoft’s best chance to bring the fans’ interest back to the series.