Following yesterday’s short teaser, the Halo: Combat Evolved remaster has officially launched on PC. Three months after the release of the first installment in the Master Chief Collection, the new remaster caught many by surprise when it released on Steam and Windows Store earlier today. In addition, Xbox Game Pass subscribers on PC can also dive in and play the new title now.
“Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly remastered version of the original Halo campaign, originally released for Xbox 360 in 2014, created in celebration of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history,” writes 343 Industries in a new blog post. “Just like the Xbox 360 original, H:CEA on PC lets you switch between classic graphics and fully enhanced updated visuals on the fly – now with additional features and settings custom-tailored for the PC platform.”
The remastered version of the 2011 title brings with it an array of new features such as 60 FPS gameplay, 4K UHD support, mouse and keyboard input, and many more. Currently, Combat Evolved is lacking in some aspects such as a server browser. However, 343 encourages modding and hopes to “empower” the modding community.
“For modding, we’re very much still dipping our toes in the water,” says 343’s Michael Fahrny. “I have some long term goals to empower the modding community more than they already are, but I’m not quite ready to go into details yet on that.”
The studio hopes that users stay away from malicious mods, and that official tools like the Steam Workshop are the “best path forward”. Furthermore,
“One of the most important things we must do for modding to be sustainable long term in MCC is set up some ground rules and guard rails. The first step in this is to setup a proper EULA that clearly defines what we will support being done while also maintaining the integrity of our game service and protected environments.”
Halo: Combat Evolved is available on Steam for $10, and the entire Master Chief Collection can be bought for $40.