Halo Online is a free-to-play title bound for the PC platform. It’s being developed with PCs old and new in mind, and it’s running on a heavily modified version of the Halo 3 engine.
All Games Beta has gathered a whole pile of screenshots and five separate gameplay videos, and we’ve tossed them all here for your consideration.
The videos, as you’ll see, are basically a single player wandering around empty maps. The maps, of course, should be familiar to series fans. We have the likes of Valhalla, Guardian, Turf, Edge and Avalanche.
All of this confirms an early suspicion that I had when Halo Online was first announced. We will see a ton of recycled content. Which, hey, doesn’t really sound so bad given how many maps this franchise features.
What do you think? Is this multiplayer-only Halo experience something you’d like to see on your PC? Or, would you rather keep Halo connected to campaigns and on the console platform?
I’m personally rolling with the “why not both” mentality. I totally adore the campaigns in Halo games (the good ones, anyways), and I don’t want 343 to walk away from that in favor of a multiplayer only world.
However, I also get that there’s a market out there for free-to-play games on the PC platform. If done well, a solid Halo take on the genre could be very, very good.
As we stated back when word of this free-to-play PC offering spread, Halo Online has only been announced for a single territory. That’s Russia. The country will see a closed beta phase meant to test the in-game economy and actual gameplay. From there, 343 Industries, Saber Interactive and Innova systems will make changes. After that? Maybe Microsoft will bring this to western territories. Maybe not.
We’ll have more on Halo Online as we hear it.