Submitted by cl1983 619d ago | news

Microsoft: no plans for any Halo game on Steam or a PC version of Halo 3

Microsoft has poured cold water on reports that suggested Halo 3 will be released on PC.

Microsoft issued a statement to Eurogamer on the matter after the latest AMD beta drivers were found to include an entry for Halo 3. (Halo 3, PC, Xbox 360)

RTheRebel  +   619d ago
camel_toad  +   619d ago
Yeh I remember way back before MS opened their wallet, Halo was strictly on pc in the early stages.
adorie  +   619d ago
Wasn't Halo a game originally for the Mac platform? I could be wrong,though. If I am, I stand corrected. :)
camel_toad  +   619d ago

Yep it was mac ;) My old brain just remembered it originally being a "computer" game - and it being a better looking game before it switched to xbox.
aliengmr  +   619d ago
I'm pretty sure it was going to the PC and Mac very early only until MS swooped in and made Bungie and other devs exclusive to XBOX.

I was excited at first for Halo, as I remember liking Oni, but pretty disappointed at them being exclusive to XBOX.

I do remember Apple being involved in some way, but I felt certain that it was coming to the PC.
aliengmr  +   619d ago
We were all wrong and somewhat right.

It started out as a game meant for PC and MAC, primarily for MAC. Was an RTS then a TPS. MS purchased Bungie and using the Xbox dev kit made it an FPS.

That according to Wiki.
Pushagree  +   619d ago
There are so many better games you could play on hardware that you spent thousands of dollars on. Halo is a dinosaur now, so many other games have surpassed it to the point that it's not relevant anymore.
f789790  +   619d ago
Because Halo 2 didn't do well when released on pc TWO AND A HALF YEARS after the xbox version.

To be serious though, if Microsoft released it at the same time on pc, they'd lose one of their few exclusives.
Jek_Porkins  +   619d ago
Putting a game on PC doesn't make it any less of a console exclusive, considering they need to be played on a MS OS and published by them as well.
CaulkSlap  +   619d ago
Don't forget - Windows Vista Exclusive!
DigitalSmoke  +   619d ago
Halo 2 floped on PC because Halo is overated, nobody likes to say this because its popular under new gamers, but its how i see it as well.
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SDF Repellent  +   619d ago
I want some of the good stuff that you are smoking, Digital.
RTheRebel  +   619d ago
He's smoking that drone weed lol
Lvl_up_gamer  +   619d ago
"Halo 2 floped on PC because Halo is overated"

Then you say

"nobody likes to say this because its popular"

Funny how you think it's overrated yet admit that it's popular.....o.O

It's POPULAR because it's NOT overrated.

Not a single Halo title has sold less then 5 million copies. Sales between 12 million and 5 million don't seem to equate to "overrated" or that only "new gamers" find the Halo series popular.

You comment is full of ignorance.
BiggCMan  +   619d ago
I'm not defending what he said, but by the same logic, Call of Duty must be the greatest franchise in history because of it's remarkable sales and popularity. Do you see the issue with your comment I hope?
Hydralysk  +   619d ago
Yeah I gotta disagree with you as well on the popular = not overrated argument. By the logic Twilight is good literature.
rainslacker  +   619d ago
Some of COD's popularity is due more to the massive advertising budget put behind it. I personally can't speak to it's quality, but there are a lot of people that enjoy the game play, so for them why should they care how it rates? All this stuff is subjective anyways. While I'm not a huge FPS fan, I actually enjoy the Halo series. Bungie is a quality developer.

As far as the twilight comparison...from what I've seen it's almost universally panned by the critics as sub par literature. That really has nothing to do with whether or not it's fan base enjoys it however. Sometimes stupid fun is still still fun.
DeadlyFire  +   618d ago
Well Halo 2 PC had problems.

1. Vista Exclusive at launch
2. Games for Windows Live
3. Some dumbass put a picture of their ass in the SDK. After I heard about that it disappeared from most retail stores that I visited. I don't know if it was banned from them or what.

When I did get a PC with Vista I lost interest in buying it.
FarCryLover182  +   619d ago
I bet it is coming. They just want to save this for E3 or whatever. They won't confirm this until they've announced things. I mean what are the odds: entries pop up on the Steam database, Halo in AMD drivers, and Age of Empires (HD edition coming to Steam). I think Halo will be on Steam this summer.
paddystan  +   619d ago
There are many clues who leads to that Microsoft wants to release their games on Steam. For example the word "currently". It's an obvious PR word for "we are not ready to announce it yet".
dirthurts  +   619d ago
Halo Started on PC. It deserves to get a PC version.
But, whatever. It's MS's way of making cash on their consoles. Business sucks, but it's business.
spicelicka  +   619d ago
that doesn't mean anything, everything starts on PC-_____-....
RAYMEISTER  +   619d ago
They can keep that overrated piece of s**t game anyway. I wouldn't spend 1 penny on that crap. They're not releasing it because they know pc gamers won't pay for that junk. If they thought the sales would be there they would.
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paddystan  +   619d ago
Microsoft still doesn't say it won't be released on PC. The sentence "we currently have no plans" simply means they are not ready to announce it yet. If the game will never be released on PC, they could simply say something like "Halo 3 will bever be released on PC". But they don't. Why? Becaus it's coming to PC. The Steam database and AMD driver entry was not an accident. It's not that easy to make an accident.

The Halo games are coming to Steam sometime, but Microsoft is simply not ready to announce it.

Hopefully we will also se the Gears games, Halo 4, ODST and Reach.
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RAYMEISTER  +   619d ago
If it comes to PC, show me a game that will blow me away and be as fun as ut 2004 back in the day. Then I will take all my criticism back. But why do I think it won't be??..beacuse it's a console port that will play and feel like one = no sale. I remember my buddy showing me the original Halo back on his old Sony trinitron..the game looked and played like crap..couldn't understand what all the hype was about.
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paddystan  +   619d ago
Halo on Steam will sell for tons of money. Mod support, 1080p, 60 FPS, dedicated servers etc. People are still buying many year old PC games, why not Halo?
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aliengmr  +   619d ago
Mod Support? Unlikely.

Halo just isn't popular on the PC and Halo 3 is over 5 years old. PC gamers generally prefer old "PC" games over old XBOX games.

If this were true, why not release a newer Halo title? Does MS expect PC gamers to devour the scraps of the Halo franchise?

Sorry we were over Halo a long, long, time ago, they need not bother.
DeadlyFire  +   618d ago
I think its going to be part of their whole Xbox Live for Windows 8 promotion at some point. They are just working out how to do it with STEAM.

Possibly they could integrate lobbies and matchmaking of STEAM's into their old games while shifting them to the platform without Games for Windows Live service.

I have a strong feeling Age of Empires 2 HD is a test run for bigger plans.
sonicsidewinder  +   619d ago
I've only played it on Xbox. I jus wish they didnt take Halo 2 down off PC.

I liked still having the option to buy and play that online one more time before death.

But microsoft would deny me such a wish...
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Scroticus  +   619d ago
Halo:CE was the best. Halo 2's swat was awesome. Bring Halo 3's sandbox to PC with limitless addition, it'll be awesome. Keep the restraints on objects that there were on console, it'll kill it.

It's going to happen eventually, whether through emulation or porting.
DeadlyFire  +   618d ago
Forge on PC with unique servers adds possibilities though.

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