Microsoft announced a new free-to-play Halo game for the PC. Developed by Saber Interactive, who gave previously worked on Halo Anniversary and Halo 2: Anniversary Remaster for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game is scheduled for a closed beta in Russia soon.
Microsoft has not announced any plans at this point for when or if it will be coming to other territories. You can view the announcement trailer below.
There is not much information available for the game yet, but is said to be feature from 4-16 players in multiplayer matches. The game will be using the Halo 3 engine, and is probably intended as a free-to-play PVP Halo game. Now word whether a story mode will be available.
Team Slayer and Assassination modes were confirmed. 343 Industries themselves presented the game, which is developed by Saber Interactive. Microsoft will be co-distributing the game on Russia.
"Halo Online is set on a secret UNSC space installation called Anvil, where Spartan-IV soldiers train together in war exercises to sharpen their battle skills and test experimental technology."
"Halo Online was built from the ground up specifically for the PC," 343 said. "There are no plans to bring Halo Online to the Xbox One." Further, anyone trying to access the game outside of Russia could "theoretically" do so, but they "would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations."
The closed beta is scheduled to take place this spring, but a launch date has yet to be announced. We will bring you any new information on Halo for the PC as soon as it becomes available. You can check out our other Halo related news in our previous coverage, here and here.
Source: Halo Waypoint