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Halo 5: Guardians Forge Mode Coming Free to Windows 10 May 21, 2016

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Big news coming out of Microsoft this week as Halo developers 343 Industries have officially announced that they will be releasing Forge Mode from Halo 5: Guardians free to all Windows 10 owners.

This is a huge announcement.  Forge was first included in Halo 3, and since then it has become an enormous part of what makes Halo multiplayer so successful. It allows private users the ability to create and tweak their own multiplayer maps, and share them with their friends and other users online.  However, up until this point, level creators using Forge have been stuck creating content using a only  a game controller and many content creators would prefer using a keyboard and mouse.  Now they’re not going to have to worry about that because the Forge editor is coming to Windows 10 completely free of charge.

While this announcement was made a day or two ago, we held off on reporting it until we knew more information, and now we have it. The Windows 10 app will likely be released exclusively through the Windows 10 store when it is available.  The app is written specifically to take advantage of the new DirectX 12 api, and takes full advantage of a keyboard and mouse interface. Modders used to creating content for PC titles should feel right at home.

There will be some limitations to the free Windows 10 editor. Users will be able to test their created content on Windows 10 can be tested on Windows 10 and the Xbox One, but the Windows 10 editor will not have access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer matchmaking service.  Windows 10 users will only be able to play and test Forge maps with users on their friends list.

While Microsoft has no plans to release the full version of Halo 5: Guardians on the PC, Halo 5: Guardians is out now exclusively on Xbox One.

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