Well, it looks as though the can is open, and there are worms all over the floor. Judging by the evidence of an inadvertent leak and an eagle-eyed internet sleuth, Halo 5: Guardians is heading for a PC release.
In this console generation, this is a bit of a sore subject. After all, true barnstorming console exclusives have been thin on the ground at times, haven’t they? Early in the PS4’s span, for instance, it was lacking in that department until Bloodborne (which is now playable on PC, in a roundabout way, as we reported last week). Sometime later, it was joined by the likes of the much-ballyhooed God of War and the spangly new Marvel’s Spider-Man, but they sure were a long time coming.
How has Xbox One fared in that regard? Well, there’s little to choose between them, really. It’s all about IPs. Are you more a fan of Gears of War than God of War? Halo over Killzone? That’s what it’ll really come down to.
In the PlayStation versus Xbox debate, though, there’s one interesting factor to consider: it tends to be Microsoft more than Xbox. Most of the biggest Xbox releases, as a result, are going to find their way onto PC at some point or another. The latest, by the looks of it, will be Halo 5: Guardians.
That’s right. From only on Xbox One to Xbox One console exclusive. It seems that this can only mean one thing: our old buddy Master Chief’s latest is on its way for PC gamers.
Of course, this is nothing unusual. So much of the system’s exclusive line-up is also available on Windows, from swashbuckling pirate ‘em up Sea of Thieves to the manic Cuphead. It’s curious in the case of the Halo franchise, though, because a main series' title hasn’t made the jump to PC since Halo 2 was ported in 2007.
Maybe nothing will come of this, but it certainly seems to be the case. What will that mean for Xbox going forward? There’s no telling just yet.