In a new blog post on Halo Waypoint it has been confirmed that Forge mode from Halo 5: Guardians will be coming to PC via Windows 10 – completely free!
This standalone version of Halo 5‘s advanced map builder, coming later this year, will also include some additional features and functionality:
- Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision and 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.
In the update, 343 Industries’ Tom French says:
“Forge on the PC will finally give the mouse/keyboard editing precision the community has always been clamoring for. On top of that, an updated and optimized UI geared towards mouse interactions makes a lot of the inputs in Forge easier/faster than before.
Since we released Forge in Halo 5 we’ve seen so many amazing new things come from it – from weird mini-games we could have never anticipated to meticulously crafted maps that are even approaching the visual quality of internally built maps. The team has continued to wonder what we’d get if we could put Forge in the hands of as many people as possible, and making it free on Windows 10 literally gives the chance to anyone who wants to jump in and try their hands at building a cool new map for Halo 5. I’m excited to see what the future content from the community will bring!”
Whilst not fully confirmed/detailed, it’s worth taking note that this update claims Windows 10 users will be able to build, test and play their Forge creations, suggesting that a version of Halo 5 will be playable on Windows 10, if only just for map testing. Could this be the very first baby step towards a full Halo multiplayer experience on PC? Only time will tell…
Will you be installing Forge on PC? What’s your favourite new feature in Halo 5’s version?
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