Halo 5: Forge will be getting a server browser on PC

Yup, you read that right. Halo 5: Forge will be getting a server browser on the PC platform (Windows 10).

Way back in May, Microsoft had dropped an absolute bombshell for fans of the Halo series on PC — Halo 5: Guardians‘ map making tool, Forge, would be coming to Windows 10 as Forge—Halo 5: Guardians Edition. It’s not just vanilla Forge either, featuring keyboard and mouse support (duh), and a resolution upgrade to up to 4K. While it will not have Halo 5’s campaign or multiplayer matchmaking, it will be completely free.

The announcement made perfect sense — it is far more efficient to use the precision tools that are the mouse and keyboard to create maps, rather than the relatively imprecise controller.

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The maps included are all those that come with the full Halo 5 multiplayer, as well as those that the community will create. The maps created on PC will also be available on Xbox One, and will be able to be tested on PC too via custom games. There’s no matchmaking, as said above, so you were previously limited to playing with the people in your Xbox friends list. The software will also import maps created with the Xbox One version of Forge, which can then be edited and played in the same way.

Yesterday, though, Halo franchise development director Frank O’Connor dropped what is possibly the best news in a long time for Halo on PC — sometime after launch, you will be able to play with complete strangers in what would be pretty much full-fledged multiplayer via a server browser.

His comment appeared in this NeoGAF thread, in which O’Connor (Stinkles) was speaking about his mouse/keyboard skills improving, then casually remarked, “Once the custom game browser is available I think the community might get crazy legit.” In a follow-up, he added, “Won’t be there at launch. But it’s comin’.”

This news is huge, and odd to be revealed this quietly on a forum, for the presence of a game browser turns Forge on PC from “make more stuff for our true gamers” to a real and proper game in its own right. What it is now is a free online version of Halo 5’s multiplayer with potentially unlimited maps and modes, albeit with a manual server browser (which is superior to matchmaking anyway).

The minimum requirements
The minimum/recommended/Ultra requirements on PC

The game is set to be released in just a few days, on 8 September, on the Windows Store and will require Windows 10 Anniversary Edition to play. The minimum and recommended requirements for the game are also out, so have a look (and get upgrading if you need!) below or at the included picture above:

Minimum

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Edition
  • DirectX 12
  • Intel Core i5 at 2.3Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • GeForce 650 Ti
  • 2GB VRAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • HDD 40GB storage

Recommended

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Edition
  • DirectX 12
  • Intel Core i5-3570k at 3.4GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
  • 4GB VRAM
  • 8GB RAM
  • HDD 40GB storage

Ultra (4K)

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Edition
  • DirectX 12
  • Intel Core i7-4770k at 3.4GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti
  • 6GB VRAM
  • 16GB RAM
  • HDD 40GB storage

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