It’s been sometime since a Halo game has been available for the PC, almost 12 years since Halo: Combat Evolved graced our screens by way of Gearbox. Halo 5 has just been announced to be coming to the PC, though only for the purposes of building multiplayer maps in the Forge map creation tool.

Halo 5 Forge

Halo 5 is coming to the PC, and you can even play test matches with friends

The Forge is the official map creation tool for the Halo franchise that was first introduced with Halo 3. 343 Industries is making it one of the most comprehensive tool sets you’ll ever see. The free download is also a way to play with multiplayer on the PC as well, though it’s limited to your friends and those on your friends list only. Microsoft has even responded to Ars Technica saying that this is indeed the official multiplayer experience for Halo 5 on the PC.

It’s not much, but it’s a free way for you to play with your friends. It has full keyboard and mouse support and support for resolutions of up to 4K so you can create on your native monitors resolution. It’s small consolation, though you’re able to put together some truly incredibly creations with the new tool.

It might even be seen as a pre-cursor to some sort of cross-platform Halo experience. It would be nice to have that franchise on a platform that could truly show how great the engine that 343 Industries is using actually is. It’s already capable of some great visuals, though limited by the hardware driving it. Halo is traditionally an Xbox franchise, but with the blurring of lines due to the Universal Windows Platform, it wouldn’t be completely far-fetched to eventually see one of the better Xbox exclusives make its way to the PC.