'Halo 5' On PC? Don't Count On It

Halo 5 on PC? Don't hold your breath 343 Industries

Halo 5 may be published by Microsoft, but don’t expect to see a PC port any time soon, if at all. This comes from Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox at Microsoft, in a speech he gave at Microsoft’s Build conference, by way of PC Gamer.

While many recent Xbox One games, including Quantum Break and Killer Instinct, are getting releases on both Xbox One and Windows 10, not every game will be getting the cross-platform treatment.

"I don’t want to make it some kind of artificial mandate, because then I think we end up with ‘Frankengames,’ games that really weren't meant for a certain platform,” Spencer said during his speech. “And because some suit said, ‘Hey, everything’s gotta run on both platforms,’ you end up with something people don’t want.”

Spencer went on to clarify that this would all be on a case-by-case basis, and games would be getting cross-platform support if it makes sense. “You should expect it when franchises look like they belong on both platforms, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a mandate for the studios because it’s not," said Spencer.

So what about Halo 5, probably the most iconic franchise for the Xbox console brand? It seems very unlikely we’ll see a port any time soon, but Microsoft is still open to the possibility for future Halo games.

"In terms of Halo FPS on PC, I think there’s a ton of opportunity for us right now, but I don’t want to get into a world where we’re looking back, like at Halo 5,” Spencer said. “It doesn’t mean there’s nothing there that could ever end up on PC, but I’d much rather look forward with what our plans are."

Using this logic, it’s likely we can rule out Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PC as well. The reason for Spencer’s mention of Halo FPS is because, oddly enough, Halo Wars 2 is being built for PC as well as Xbox One.

So what do you think? Are you sad to see there will be no Halo 5 PC versions getting released? Would you like to see Master Chief back on computers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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