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Sad News: Microsoft Currently Has No Plans for Halo 4 PC

By - Source: Penny Arcade | B 59 comments

For now, don't expect to see Halo 4 arrive on the PC platform.

While Google celebrated Android's 5th birthday on Tuesday, Microsoft had a celebration of its own with the launch of the fourth installment of its popular Halo franchise. Now available on the Xbox 360, Halo 4 was developed by 343 Industries and kicks off a new trio of Halo games called the "Reclaimer Trilogy".

Penny Arcade, already knee-deep in the new console shooter, said on Monday that it's "one of the best-looking games of the current generation." That first impression led to speculation as to what Halo 4 would look like on a high-end PC with a higher resolution, a higher framerate (and additional exclusive DirectX 11 features). Speculation then turned into a quick email to Microsoft about the possibility of a PC edition.

Penny Arcade's inquiry is a legitimate one: after all, Halo was released for the PC back in 2003 once the original Xbox version hit store shelves. This port of Bungie's classic shooter was handled by Gearbox Software and was limited in its multiplayer offerings. PC gamers were even promised that they could create and share custom maps, but that feature was never added.

Halo 2 then arrived on the PC gaming scene in May 2007, but this time an internal team at Microsoft Game Studios handled the port of Bungie's Halo sequel. It was also a Windows Vista exclusive, meaning that many Halo fans were forced to use an unauthorized patch in order to get the shooter running on Windows XP. However this time Microsoft stuck to its promise and provided two exclusive multiplayer maps and a map editor.

With Halo 3 (September 2007), Microsoft ignored the PC platform altogether, and the Redmond company will reportedly do the same with the just-released Halo 4. "Halo 4 was designed specifically for Xbox 360, and while we’re always exploring new ways to expand the franchise and share the Halo experience with as many fans as possible, we do not currently have any plans to port Halo 4 to PC," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Note the word "currently". Microsoft didn't say Halo 4 wouldn't hit Windows 8 in the future. After all, Halo 2 arrived on the original Xbox in November 2004, and didn't appear on Windows Vista until May 2007. The PC version was used to push the Windows Vista platform which initially launched just four months prior to the PC game's release.

That said, offering a Windows 8 version of Halo 4 with Modern UI-specific exclusives would have been ideal. But perhaps Microsoft is waiting for the whole 4-screen ecosystem to be established before it tackles a major title like Halo 4.


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    GoldenI , November 7, 2012 3:07 PM
    They are losing out in sales. So many people would buy the PC version of that game!
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    azathoth , November 7, 2012 3:26 PM
    GoldenIThey are losing out in sales. So many people would buy the PC version of that game!

    This was going to be my deciding factor in purchasing Halo 4. I have an Xbox, but I can't stand the console community, nor looking at eye/bleeding graphics from 6 years ago.
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    zorky9 , November 7, 2012 3:23 PM
    maybe they know that a keyboard and a mouse would demolish any console gamer any day...
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  • 25 Hide
    GoldenI , November 7, 2012 3:07 PM
    They are losing out in sales. So many people would buy the PC version of that game!
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    fuzzion , November 7, 2012 3:13 PM
    imo the halo world really isnt that interesting.
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    hate machine , November 7, 2012 3:14 PM
    Oh dear what will we do without this rehashed generic slow FPS on the PC.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , November 7, 2012 3:15 PM
    I never expected it to come to PC....
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    maxinexus , November 7, 2012 3:18 PM
    You can always run xbox 360 environment on a PC
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    Cy-Kill , November 7, 2012 3:18 PM
    Well, they never released 2 or 3 to PC, so what would've made 4 any different!
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    zorky9 , November 7, 2012 3:23 PM
    maybe they know that a keyboard and a mouse would demolish any console gamer any day...
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 7, 2012 3:24 PM
    Having never played a Halo game, I would buy this for PC, just to see what the hype is about. My only conditions would be: Windows 7 support, mouse and keyboard controls, no draconian DRM nonsense. You have a near-guaranteed sale from me.
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    azathoth , November 7, 2012 3:26 PM
    GoldenIThey are losing out in sales. So many people would buy the PC version of that game!

    This was going to be my deciding factor in purchasing Halo 4. I have an Xbox, but I can't stand the console community, nor looking at eye/bleeding graphics from 6 years ago.
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    NightLight , November 7, 2012 3:31 PM
    playable trough smart glass in win8?
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    osamabinrobot , November 7, 2012 3:32 PM
    such a slow crappy game on the pc, who cares
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    xaephod , November 7, 2012 3:33 PM
    After Halo 2 for PC, I am kind of glad. If they think I am going to buy an X-box, good luck. I'll stick to Guild Wars 2 and BF3.
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    GoldenI , November 7, 2012 3:35 PM
    AzathothThis was going to be my deciding factor in purchasing Halo 4. I have an Xbox, but I can't stand the console community, nor looking at eye/bleeding graphics from 6 years ago.

    I agree. I will never buy a console simply because of its limited technology. . . . .
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    bavman , November 7, 2012 3:48 PM
    This doesn't really come as a surprise though
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    thechaver , November 7, 2012 3:49 PM
    They wiil release it once their done with it on the console end of things. Once the people that do not own a console feel they need to buy one in order to play Halo 4 have died off, then, Microsoft will release it to PC and push sales for their Windows 8, as well as the millions of Halo 4 copies they will undoubtably sell.

    It's a hell of a marketing strategy. I mean I would never have thought about buying another Xbox 360 until now... But, I am going to hold out, as stated above, I am not going to be one of those people. I have an insanley fast PC that I spent a lot of money on, and I'm not going to waste $200 on another platform just to play one game.
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    chuckydb , November 7, 2012 3:50 PM
    AzathothThis was going to be my deciding factor in purchasing Halo 4. I have an Xbox, but I can't stand the console community, nor looking at eye/bleeding graphics from 6 years ago.


    I still have my eyes bleeding from the horrible 640*1133 resolution on my 46inch tv...
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    chuckydb , November 7, 2012 3:51 PM
    chuckydbI still have my eyes bleeding from the horrible 640*1133 resolution on my 46inch tv...

    I'm talking about halo 3 by the way.
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    robochump , November 7, 2012 3:57 PM
    Cy-KillWell, they never released 2 or 3 to PC, so what would've made 4 any different!


    Exactly. One the first one for some reason?!? Blame piracy :-P
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    mazty , November 7, 2012 3:58 PM
    Let's be honest - if this is released on PC later down the line, it won't look any good as they would have to add so much to the game it wouldn't be in their interest as they aren't going to sell the engine on to other devs like so many others e.g. CryEngine, Unreal, FrostBite etc. Because of that, I'm not worried about not getting a crappy looking game for my PC.
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    lradunovic77 , November 7, 2012 4:07 PM
    Microsoft is lame. Bring damn Steam to Linux so I can ditch Windows. Can't wait.
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