Xbox Wire announced the upcoming release of Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10. Halo games have included the Forge sandbox for multiplayer maps and games since 2007’s release of Halo 3 for Xbox 360. Coincidentally, Halo 3 was also the first Halo game released exclusively for the Xbox console system, making this PC release something special. The previous two games saw release for PC and, in the case of Halo: Combat Evolved, Mac OS as well.

The multiplayer maps and game types that have been created over the years using Forge have sometimes ended up being used in the wild on Xbox Live, and many have come to be favorites in the community. Though many of the most interesting Forge creations have to be played in private matches, such as both the versions Qudditch and Pokemon that were released earlier this year.

 

 

 

Of course, we have to mention some of the best fan movies that  have been created using Forge. Where would Machinima be without Forge? Aslo, Rooster Teeth’s insanely successful Red vs. Blue has been using Force since 2007 to film the show.

 

 

Perhaps, the best part about this release from has still gone unmentioned. It’s free. That should be enough for any Halo player who can get their hands on a Windows 10 PC to want it. Just in case you want to know more, there was a short list of features with the announcement. However, one thing not announced with the list of features was the release date.

Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision control than ever before.

Increased Resolution – Support for multiple resolutions including 4k.

Test and Play with Friends – Enlist the help of Friends to help build, test, and play your Forge creations on Windows 10.

Build on Windows 10 and Publish to Xbox One – Experiences built on Windows 10 can be published to and played on Xbox One, opening the doors for countless new experiences to be enjoyed by players all over the world.

 

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If we’re reading that right it sounds like instead of having to get on Xbox Live via the Xbox One console players will now be able to sit at the keyboard on their PC and play private multiplayer matches. That is a game changer. Yes, the pun was intended.

 

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