Want To Play The New Halo Online? Move To Russia

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Microsoft has announced that Halo Online will go into closed beta this spring, but only for fans in Russia. Halo’s track record on the PC has been pretty spotty – only the first two games ever made the leap to computers, and late – but this probably isn’t the “Halo coming to PC” news you were expecting.If you’re a PC gamer who’s been itching to get your hands on a copy of Halo, I have some semi-good news; a brand new PC-only edition of Halo will launch in the spring. Exactly how much of Halo Online is brand new isn’t clear but according to 343 Industries it uses a ‘highly modified’ version of the Halo 3 engine, in order to make sure it works well with low-end PCs. There’s no story mode, but instead the game is set ‘on a secret UNSC space installation called Anvil, where Spartan-IV soldiers train together in war exercises to sharpen their battle skills and test experimental technology.’ The game is free-to-play, with 343i using the beta to work out how exactly to price microtransactions.

It’s in closed beta there, and 343 says “any expansion outside of Russia would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations.” But we highly doubt it’ll hit Europe or America – the main games do well enough in those territories, and this is likely to be more akin to Call of Duty Online in China: it’s a big franchise slapped onto a lower-end approximation of the hit formula, targeted at different kinds of markets than the usual entries. 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. The free-to-play game is the result of a partnership between 343, Saber Interactive, and Innova Systems, and it’ll be exclusive to the Russian market. And, unfortunately, many of those questions will be left unanswered at the end of this article. 343 Industries isn’t ready to spill the beans on any in-game details just yet.

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