PC gamers have been able to enjoy nearly every Halo game for a while now. We say nearly because there's one Halo game that 343 Industries refuses to port over to the PC platform. The 2015 title, Halo 5: Guardians, is still only available to play on the Xbox One. The worst part? There's virtually zero chance that this will change.
Halo 5: Guardians isn't coming to the PC
In case you missed it, there was a massive GeForce Now leak that went viral earlier this week. Nvidia later released a statement that either confirmed or denied the contents of the leak, depending on how you look at it. The leak contained a lot of useful info, including details about Halo 5 coming to the PC. However, according to Halo community director Brian Jarrard, this isn't in the cards at the moment.
Maybe this was for "H5:Forge" but I can confirm there are no plans to bring H5 to PC. We know there's some demand for it, but as we've stated before, not in the cards as the studio is fully focused on Infinite and MCC. Will never say never, but nothing underway currently
— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) September 13, 2021
343 Industries has repeatedly claimed that it's not going to bring Halo 5 over to the PC. Although PC players can technically play Halo 5, all they have access to is the Forge mode. The useful feature supports up to 16 players on custom game types and maps. Of course, as any Halo fan will tell you, this isn't a substitute for the actual game, which is the predecessor to Halo Infinite.
With that said, 343 did not provide a clear reason for not porting Halo 5: Guardians to the PC. Jarrard argues that the studio is busy working on Infinite. However, the studio has had years to port the game. It's a surprise that 343 didn't do it already.
When Halo Infinite is released in December, Halo 5 will remain the only Halo game not available on the PC. This leaves PC fans wanting an opportunity to play Halo 5, especially since the rest are included in The Master Chief Collection.
If it's any consolation, Halo 5: Guardians isn't one of the best entries in the franchise. Mind you, it's not a bad game. It's a good one. It's just that you won't be missing out on much even if you didn't get a chance to play it. Not to mention, Halo Infinite will probably do a good job explaining any events that you might have missed out on if you didn't get a chance to play Halo 5 before.
We'd be lying if we said we didn't want Halo 5: Guardians to be included in the Master Chief Collection, but we're not too worried either.
343 is currently busy working on Halo Infinite. Fans can look forward to getting a chance to play the series' first game with a free multiplayer component. The game is scheduled to host a new multiplayer preview on September 24 with potentially more playtests coming as we inch closer to the game's December launch.