Halo 5 Forge custom map

After the announcement of Windows 10 and Microsoft's push for a unified storefront and branding between their two gaming divisions many have started to wonder whether this means we'll get to see the modern Halo games make their way to PC.

While this is clearly not the real deal, the announcement of Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 is exciting news indeed as this might mean that PC players will be able to enjoy custom Halo 5 maps and mods with improved graphics, increased resolution, and naturally, keyboard & mouse support.

The details are currently a bit sketchy, especially when it comes to what exactly you'll be able to toy around with on the PC version, but here's how the UGC Director Tom French describes it:

"Forge on the PC will finally give the mouse/keyboard editing precision the community has always been clamoring for. On top of that, an updated and optimized UI geared towards mouse interactions makes a lot of the inputs in Forge easier/faster than before.

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!"

If you ask me this is Microsoft and 343 testing the waters to see if there is any real interest for PC Halo ports, because why else go through the trouble of essentially porting over all of the mechanics, gunplay, and the most likely complicated creation tool for no reason other than "it would be easier to work with".

Whatever the case may be, this is some great news and I look forward to finding out more over the next few months, especially when it comes to what exactly we'll be able to experience on the PC version.

Forge - Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 (try and pronounce that 5 times quickly...) will be arriving to PC later this year, and to end all of this on an extremely positive note, it will be completely free!