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Halo: The Master Chief Collection announced for PC via Steam

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection containing all Halo games from Combat Evolved all the way to Reach is scheduled for a PC release sometime during this year. More details about the release are scheduled for a proper reveal 17 March 2019.

A lot of people are bound to get their proverbial undies tied up Gordian-style with the announcement of Halo: The Master Chief Collection receiving a PC release.

Microsoft broke the news via their Halo megaphone over at Halo Waypoint, and more details on the staggered release of the collection are to come during this weekend's Halo Championship Series event hosted by SXSW in Texas.

Just like it's Xbox counterpart, the PC version of the collection will contain Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3: ODST's campaign, and Halo 4. Halo: Reach is a new addition to the bundle.

Halo: Reach was confirmed as the first game to arrive, with the rest following in order of the original releases starting with Halo: Combat Evolved.

The collection will get facelifts on the technical side of things, with things like HDR, 4K resolutions, and a 60 FPS experience was promised for those insisting to play on Xbox One X. 

Part of the official announcement, which oddly contains the word community eight times, says that "this is a product and an experience that will grow and evolve over time."

While this may fill some with confidence, our cynical think-thank at AltChar HQ started bashing the games-as-service alarm with a ferocity they usually only display minutes before a lunch break. In other words, expect microtransactions, a confusing staggered release scheme, and dare we dread it - changes to the sacred originals?

"Each game will evolve and grow over time with community input", is the part of the reveal post that rouses more suspicion in this department.

Well, if George Lucas got away with it, who says Microsoft, Splash Damage and Ruffian Games cant? And yes, in case you missed it - more community!

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Another curious bit is that the Halo Waypoint post claims that customers will be able to play the collection via the distribution platform of their choice. This would mean that one gets to pick between Xbox Live and Steam on PC.

The collection's Steam page, however, has one of those little "Requires 3rd-Party Account: Xbox Live" boxes under its listed features which kind of blurs that choice boast a tad.