Halo Online Heading to PC… In Russia
I saw the title and I was excited, but then quickly sighed as I realised that a new Halo game for PC is currently only launching in Russia. According to the blog post over at HaloWaypoint.com, the game is based on a highly modified version of the Halo 3 engine that should provide solid performance on lower-end PCs. There’s no campaign mode and the game is free to play (which is a popular way to operate games over in Russia and China).
They did infer that they may bring this over to other markets, which would be a great move considering the last Halo PC port was an awful mess and players still beg for another Halo game for the PC.
Below is the Q&A for the game:
HALO ONLINE Q&A
Q: What type of game is Halo Online?
A: Halo Online is a free multiplayer-only PC experience that we’re launching as a closed beta test in Russia.
Q: Does Halo Online represent your future plans for the franchise on PC?
A: Halo Online is a learning opportunity for us as we explore ways to welcome new fans to the “Halo” universe. We’re excited to release a “Halo” multiplayer-only PC experience tailored for Russian gamers.
Q: When will Halo Online be available?
A: The closed beta period will begin in Russia later this spring. There is no definitive launch date at this time.
Q: Are you planning on bringing Halo Online to the Xbox One?
A: Halo Online was built from the ground up specifically for the PC. There are no plans to bring Halo Online to the Xbox One.
Q: Will gamers in other regions like North America and Europe be able to play Halo Online?
A: Right now our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia. Theoretically, any expansion outside of Russia would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations.
Q: Are you planning to officially launch this year?
A: There is no definitive launch date at this time as we proceed in our closed beta period in Russia.