Halo: The Master Chief Collection has entered the PC fray, and emerged victorious, at least for now. Released onto PC yesterday, the game collection has already taken the top spot on Steam with the standalone Halo: Reach taking the third spot.
The Master Chief Collection is a bundle that includes all the main Halo games up until Halo 4. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: Reach are all included in the package, though at this time only Halo: Reach has been released for PC as part of the bundle. This means that in anticipation of future releases, PC players are picking up the bundle in their droves. The Master Chief Collection is also sixth on the Steam Top 100 for concurrent players, with 62,412 playing at the time of writing and a daily peak of 161,024, beating out multiplayer stalwarts like Rainbow Six: Siege and Valve’s own Team Fortress 2.
Most of the games in the Master Chief Collection have not been released for PC, with only the original Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 appearing on PC in previous years, with the latter being a particularly controversial release as it was a Windows Vista exclusive. If you can remember those years, you’ll understand why that was such a hard pill for many Halo fans to swallow.
We do not yet have release dates for the other parts of the Master Chief Collection, though we know that they are not simply ports from the console versions – as detailed in a previous story we reported on.
Overall, it appears that Microsoft’s strategy to bring more of their games to PC is paying off, with big names like Halo coming to PC gathering considerable traction, even with games that are not yet released.