Analysis: It's time for Master Chief to return to Windows, but it sounds like Halo 5 won't be first out of the gate.
Sean HollisterSenior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
Notice anything different about these two game boxes? No, I'm not talking about the fact one of them is set at a jaunty angle.
The box on the right says
Halo 5: Guardians
is an "Xbox One Exclusive" -- meaning a game you can only play on the Xbox One game console.
But the newer box on the left, as revealed on Amazon.com, suggests that Halo 5 is about to become an "Xbox One Console Exclusive" instead -- which is Microsoft's long-standing code for games that come out on Windows PCs instead of just consoles. Now that's an exciting thought, eh?
Unfortunately, it sounds like it's just a thought. "As we've shared previously, we do not have plans to launch Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10 PC," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET Monday.
That's a shame, because it'd make a lot of sense, if you consider that Microsoft is bringing the next flagship game in the series -- Halo Infinite -- to Windows PCs as well.
That said, Microsoft would also need to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Windows PCs to accomplish that goal, which contains Halo 1 to 4, but there's no leaked box art for The Master Chief Collection on Amazon quite yet. (I checked.)
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When we asked about Halo Infinite a couple months back, the company wouldn't say one way or the other whether Xbox Play Anywhere was still on the cards.
"The studio is taking the time needed to make the best Halo game possible and we will share more information about the game once we're ready," a spokesperson said, adding only that the game was still confirmed to be in development for both Xbox and Windows 10.