The “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is coming to the Xbox One this November but that doesn’t completely rule out an eventual PC release. 343 Industries Franchise Director Frank O’Connor addressed rumors of a PC port late Tuesday evening while also not ruling out an eventual release on the platform.
The PC release rumor for “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” got started when an attendee at a preview event spotted a message referring to using a mouse to look around instead of a controller. When asked by Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gertsmann during a livecast about the message, O’Connor said it was just left over dev code and not indicative of any work being done for a PC version.
“Literally no plan at this moment,” O’Connor responded when asked if the “Master Chief Collection” would come to the PC. “Like you said, the PC is ever more important to us. There’s no big rule preventing it from happening. It’s just dev time and schedule and stuff like that.”
“Halo” already has quite the history on the PC with “Combat Evolved” getting a port two years after the original Xbox release. It also included the bonus support of online play, which wasn’t supported by the console at launch.
“Halo 2” also received a PC release in 2007, two and a half years after the Xbox version launched in 2004. However, it required the unpopular Windows Vista operating system and the equally unpopular Games for Windows LIVE service before eventually being handled by GameSpy.
Unfortunately, online support for both games was at risk of being lost due to GameSpy shutting down servers and matchmaking as part of the company going under. A patch from a team of fans and Bungie employees was released in May to continue support for “Halo: Combat Evolved” on the PC. However, “Halo 2” multiplayer may be lost by the end of June.
“Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is due out November 11, 2014. The collection will include the first four “Halo” games from the series, with “Halo 2” receiving the HD upgrade treatment, and all four games will retain their multiplayer and game mechanics on dedicated servers. This will be followed by the full release of “Halo 5: Guardians” in the fall of 2015.
Judging by O’Connor’s comments above, it seems unlikely that “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” will be released anytime soon. Work on “Halo 5: Guardians” will take precedence over the next year, which would require employing another studio to handle the porting duties. Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity are currently helping with the “The Master Chief Collection.”