May 21 2016 - 4:22 pm
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Halo 5 on PC - What Does This Mean For Competitive Halo?

In this article, I talk about 343's announcement of Halo 5 being on the PC and what I think it means for competitive Halo.
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Ever since its release in December of 2015, Halo 5’s Forge has been a major success. The other day, 343 made a post on their site announcing a major upgrade to your Forging experience, saying that Halo 5’s Forge as well as Custom Games will be playable on Windows 10.

This didn't necessarily come as a surprise to many fans, considering how 343 has recently been developing an interest in bringing the Halo experience over to PC with their launch of Halo Online last year. Although it was a very small project that was exclusive to Russia, Halo Online proved that Halo as we know it today can work well on PC which may have influenced 343 to pursue a way to bring Halo 5 to PC as well.  

From the post made on their site, it looks like Halo 5 on PC is being designed to provide players with an enhanced experience compared to the Xbox One along with a few new features. 

Keyboard and Mouse Support: Fans have always been interested in how the game will feel using a keyboard and mouse. With a mouse as an option for aiming, Forgers are now able to be more precise with their objects and add more detail to the maps. 

Increased Resolution: Halo 5 on the Xbox One looks amazing, but 343 says that Halo 5 on the PC will allow the game to run on multiple resolutions, including 4k, which will bring the graphics of the game to a whole new level. 

Test and Play With Your Friends: Although the PC version will not support matchmaking, you will still be allowed to play Forge and Custom Games with all your friends. 

Play Your Maps on Xbox One: A great feature about the PC version is that your creations will not be limited to just your PC, you can share them with everyone on the Xbox One. 

With 343 making this announcement, there will be a lot of anticipation on this new version of Halo 5 for the PC. An official release date isn't set just yet but 343 said that there will be a lot more information on this in the coming months including new forge features.

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With all this information being given to us, one major question that is going through a lot of competitive players minds is what exactly does this mean for competitive Halo? Ever since Halo 5’s Forge has been out, 343 has seemed to be a bit reluctant on putting Forge maps in Team Arena or even touching on the subject. In the past, we have seen the community show a lot of appreciation for solid Forge maps being put in the competitive playlist but from the looks of it, it seems that 343 wants to go a different route this time around. This is really unfortunate and a little aggravating to me since every single DLC map 343 has given us has been an awful, uncreative remake of a present map in the game and it annoys me when I have to play one of these bad maps when I could be playing on a fun, creative Forge map that performs much better. Hopefully, if enough interest goes into this area, 343 may actually address this situation.

 

What do you think about Halo 5 being on the PC? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

Credits for the images go to 343 Industries and COED

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