Microsoft has announced that a free to play version of Halo, entitled Halo Online, will start closed beta and eventually fully release on PC this year. The project has been running behind the scenes in collaboration with Saber Interactive and Innova Systems for a while and now it’s time to let players in to gather feedback.
The catch? The game is currently only slated to release in Russia.
Halo Online has no single player campaign but does have a tiny amount of story to motivate the multiplayer action. Halo Online runs on a heavily modified version of the Halo 3 engine and takes place on a secret UNSC space installation called Anvil, where Spartan-IV soldiers train together in war exercises to sharpen their battle skills.
Microsoft says they aren’t totally ruling out a release of Halo Online in America or Europe, but at the current time “our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia.”
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