Microsoft has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection – with Halo: Reach added to it — will be released for the PC via Steam and the Microsoft Store.
In an announcement, developer 343 Industries’ community manager said: “Today we’re extremely excited to share two big announcements that deliver on what are easily the most frequently requested asks from our community over the last few years: 1) Halo: Reach is being added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection and 2) the entire collection is coming to PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam!”
While 343 Industries gave no precise release date for the collection of classic first-person shooters, it did reveal how Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be rolled out on the PC: “Later this year, these classic Halo experiences will start to arrive on PC via the Microsoft Store and, for the first time in the series, on Steam. The Master Chief’s arrival on PC will happen in stages with each title releasing one by one over time – giving the development teams the ability to ensure each one is right, while giving players a chance to jump in right away, rather than having to wait for the entire suite of games to be completed.
“Our current plan is for this journey to begin with the launch of Halo: Reach – the fictional beginnings of Master Chief’s saga – with the rest of the titles following in chronological order thereafter. Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4 will each be available for individual purchase within MCC as they become available.”
343 Industries added: “The team is passionately committed to ensuring that all the features, bells, and whistles expected in a modern PC title are included with MCC. These features may vary somewhat by title, and we won’t get everything in there all at once – this is a product and an experience that will grow and evolve over time.”
Two British developers will help 343 Industries to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC: London-based Splash Damage and Dundee-based outfit Ruffian. Splash Damage co-founder and CEO Richard Jolly said: “For almost twenty years, Splash Damage has had multiplayer gaming at its very core. Being part of the team bringing this legendary franchise to PC for the very first time is a tremendous honour for everyone here at Splash Damage, and we’re excited for Halo fans around the world to play what we’re hard at work on!”
For more Halo-related news, keep an eye on the franchise’s website.