Three years after the release of Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One, it appears that the game is finally coming to Windows PC.
If the rumor is true, it will be the first full-on launch of a first-person Halo game on the PC since the Windows Vista port of Halo 2 in 2007. Will the wait finally end after 11 years?
'Halo 5: Guardians' Windows PC Rumor
Several months after Halo 5: Guardians was released for the Xbox One in October 2015, Microsoft debunked rumors that the game will be ported to Windows PC. However, two years since then, it looks like Microsoft has changed its mind.
A recently spotted update to the listing of Halo 5: Guardians on Amazon revealed that the box art of the game now says "Xbox One console exclusive," changed from the previous description of "Only on Xbox One."
It may look like a small change, but it is a major hint that a Halo 5: Guardians PC release date announcement is coming soon. This is because from saying that the game is only available on the Xbox One, Microsoft is now saying that the game is only available on the Xbox One among consoles, opening up the possibility of a Windows PC version.
Halo 5: Guardians, which was released in 2015, missed the Play Anywhere initiative, launched in 2016. The program allowed games to be played on both the Xbox One and Windows PC, with recent titles such as State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves also bearing the "Xbox One console exclusive" banner in their box art. This likely means that Microsoft is bringing Halo 5: Guardians in line with the Play Anywhere program, though gamers will have to wait for an official announcement on when that will finally happen.
'Halo Infinite' Coming To The PC
The rumor of a Halo 5: Guardians PC version is made more plausible by the fact that the next entry in the franchise, Halo Infinite, is coming to Windows 10.
Halo Infinite is Halo 6, as it will continue the events of Halo 5: Guardians. It was first teased at E3 2018, and its title, which moves away from the numbers found in previous entries in the series, suggests that it may be an open-world game.
According to the official Xbox website, Halo Infinite will be released exclusively on the Xbox One and Windows 10. It makes sense to bring its predecessor, Halo 5: Guardians, to the PC due to the apparent close connection of the two titles.