Microsoft has announced that Halo 5’s map making tool, Forge, will be coming for free on the PC. Now before jumping around like little bunnies, know that this does not mean that Halo 5 is coming to our platform. Nope. Microsoft has no such plans. Still, PC gamers can go ahead and recreate the entire Halo 5 (or other Halo games) via these tools.
Here are the key features of Forge — Halo 5: Guardians Edition PC:
- Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision 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.
As Microsoft claimed:
“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.”
Do note that Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition will not support matchmaking or any other Halo 5 multiplayer features. This basically means that custom maps and games created with it will only be playable online with people in your Friends list.
“Forge—Halo 5: Guardians Edition on Windows 10 is a free publishing tool designed for map makers and creators to build and play their creations on Windows 10 and also publish these experiences to Xbox One,” a spokesperson said. “As we’ve shared previously, we do not have plans to launch Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10. We are focused on building Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Releasing Forge for Windows 10 for free will open up endless opportunities to the PC community to build and play Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer content, while also allowing them to share their creations with gamers on Xbox One as well.”