The PC beta for Halo: The Master Chief Collection was scheduled to begin public flights this month. At the beginning of April, Halo Community Director Brian Jarrard tweeted that, if all goes according to plan, the first public tests will kick off this month. However, as developers work to polish and further refine the game, we won’t be getting a PC beta this month.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Half way through April, Jarrard stated that Halo: Reach, the first game scheduled for public testing, may be delayed. To the dismay of many excited fans, Jarrard confirmed today that public flights have been delayed.
“I know excitement and anticipation is off the charts and everyone here inside the studio shares it as well,” writes Jarrard in an update blog. “But this is a really complicated project and we all agree that quality trumps everything else and we need to bring MCC to PC at the bar Halo fans and PC players expect and demand. That’s turning out to be more challenging than first anticipated in some aspects while there’s been great progress and work done in plenty of other areas.”
Jarrard previously stated that PC is “considerably” more complex and requires a lot of work. One of the main goals is to perfect mouse and keyboard controls, and 343 has recruited a team of former professional players to assist with that. However, there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, such as having to launch a separate application just to remap keys.
Jarrard didn’t share an updated “target timeframe”, but he did say that development is “progressing well and Reach is already pretty fun to play on a PC“. 343 will post an update blog regarding the development of the game later today. PC and Xbox users can sign up for the Halo Insider program to gain access once public testing commences.