Halo: The Master Chief Collection will launch on Windows PC later this year, developer 343 Industries announced today during an episode of Inside Xbox. After years of console exclusivity, the franchise compilation will be available to purchase from both the Microsoft Store and Steam.
Don’t expect the entire Master Chief Collection to arrive all at once, though. 343 Industries will first drop Halo: Reach on PC — the newly announced addition to The Master Chief Collection. After that, the the plan is to release each game in chronological order: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. PC fans will be able to buy them on an individual basis as the developer works toward completing the full set.
343 Industries’ Brian Jarrard said the developer, with assistance from studios Splash Damage and Ruffian, is working to make The Master Chief Collection a “first class” experience on PC.
Only Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 have ever launched on PC in the past. Microsoft released Combat Evolved on Mac and Windows in 2003, two years after the game’s Xbox debut; Halo 2 followed in 2007, nearly three full years after it hit Xbox.
There’s no specific date for Halo: The Master Chief Collection to begin its rollout on PC, so keep your ear to the ground for now.