Microsoft has been generous of late to PC gamers. They have already announced all Xbox One exclusives will be coming to Windows 10 systems and Halo 5 Forge map editor will arrive this September.
The map editor allows players on PC to create new maps using the tool and upload it for Halo 5 Guardians players on the Xbox One console. It is the only exclusive that is yet to find its way to a Windows 10 computer. So far, Microsoft has been adamant and confirmed that it is only the map editor tool that is coming. The first person shooter that made the Xbox console so popular a decade is yet to be announced.
Halo 5 Forge will go live on September 8th. While Xbox One is a decent console, mods and map making is not something one could do on a console. For similar reasons, Fallout 4 and Skyrim developer Bethesda allows players on the console to download content from the PC mod making community. With the power of a mouse and keyboard, they have complete control over the 3D world that leads to amazing maps. Developers had to work a lot to make those mods compatible with the Playstation 4 architecture.
Microsoft may not face such issues as the Xbox One shares a lot of similarities with the Windows 10 PC. “With a mouse and keyboard, Halo 5 Forge becomes an extremely powerful map making tool. The input allows users for refined object placement, high resolution possibly 4K output, content browser and the ability to host custom matches with 16 players makes it a cool addition to the Halo 5 Guardians,” wrote Microsoft.
“Halo 5 Guardians will receive a whole new level of immersion made possible by Halo 5 Forge tools which is available on both Xbox One and PCs. Players can make maps they love on a computer with utmost precision and graphic fidelity before porting it to the console to play the game. The levels can readily be downloaded making it a cool way to enjoy the maps you created on your own.”
If you are a PC gamer, you can still enjoy playing custom matches with up to 16 players in the maps you created. It is good for the time being not only because Microsoft offers the multiplayer version for free but also it gives you a good preview of what Halo 5 Guardians would feel like.