Last week, Halo developer 343 Industries announced that Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition will be coming to Windows 10. Better yet, it will be free, and allow you to create fantastic new maps and gameplay experiences for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One.
It will also include exciting new features designed specifically for PC users, letting you take advantage of PC hardware and software, including the following:
- Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision control than ever before.
- Increased Resolution – Support for multiple resolutions including 4k.
- Test and Play with Friends – Enlist the help of Friends to help build, test, and play your Forge creations on Windows 10.
- Build on Windows 10 and Publish to Xbox One – Experiences built on Windows 10 can be published to and played on Xbox One, opening the doors for countless new experiences to be enjoyed by players all over the world.
343 Industries UGC Director, Tom French had the following to say regarding the announcement, “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!”
For the record, 343 Industries have no plans to release Halo 5 Guardians itself on Windows 10. That may change in the future, but for now, Forge and its testing grounds will be the closest you’ll get.