Following Halo: Reach’s successful launch on PC, the next game to be ported is Combat Evolved Anniversary. The tests for Combat Evolved were expected to launch January, but were met with a minor delay. 343 Industries announced today that beta testing for Halo: CE on PC begins in February.
“The team is currently working towards having the first Halo: CE PC flight to Rings 1 and 2 by the end of this month with the goal of expanding to Ring 3 in February,” reads a new post on the Halo forums.
Like Reach’s beta testing, CE flighting involves testing of certain aspects of the game. 343 is “flighting multiple areas of limited content to participants of the flighting program.” The developers will gather data for a variety of fields such as “validating dedicated servers, peer-to-peer connections, crossplay between Steam and Windows version, new UI for customization”.
343 expects feedback on the following fronts:
- Single Player and Cooperative Campaign
In addition to CE, 343 flights in February will also focus on bringing improvements to Reach. The only notable entry in the update blog is the addition of a new crouching behavior that allows players crouch whilst in motion. As it was the first of the Master Chief Collection, Halo: Reach on PC still has quite a few issues that need to be dealt with. As such, flighting for both Reach and CE will continue for the foreseeable future.
Halo: Reach is currently available to play on PC via Steam or the Windows Store. If you’re eager to try out Combat Evolved, you will need to sign up for the Halo Insider Program. Signing up takes only a few minutes and can be done here. There is no guaranteed access, however, as 343 determines participants on the basis of their Insider profile. To learn more about how you can become an Insider, check out this blog post.