Halo heads back to PC as free-to-play game for Russia

26 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Halo Online Closed Beta Heads to Russia: In Soviet Russian, Halo Plays You.

Microsoft and 343 Industries will launch a closed beta for a free-to-play version of Halo exclusively for PCs this Spring, but there’s a catch… the game is being designed from the ground up for a Russian audience. According to the Halo Waypoint blog, Halo Online “is powered by a highly modified version of the Halo 3 engine.” Its use of that aging engine is so the game can smoothly run on “on lower-end PCs.” The multiplayer-only game won’t feature a single-player campaign.

But apparently that doesn’t work for all areas of the world, and so the main Halo series is heading back to the PC for the first time since 2004 when Halo 2 launched for Windows. Instead, 343 Industries has been working with Saber Interactive and Innova Systems to re-imagine Halo as a free-to-play multiplayer-only experience called Halo Online. A short FAQ suggests that an Xbox One version is out of the question, but that there is a small chance the game could eventually be released in Europe and North America. Microsoft currently has no plans to bring Halo Online to the Xbox One and, like Call of Duty Online and Borderlands Online, it’s unlikely that American or European gamers will ever get the chance to play it.

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