Microsoft Denies Additional Evidence of Halo 3 PC Port

Microsoft Denies Additional Evidence of Halo 3 PC Port

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The internet has discovered yet another Halo 3 PC reference buried within AMD's beta drivers.

Back in early February, some Steam users started poking around and found references to a Halo Trilogy release within Steam's database. Before anyone could get too excited, Microsoft officially denied the whole thing, stating that there were no plans to launch any Halo PC ports on Steam's digital platform. Now the question of Halo ports has cropped up yet again after the discovery of Halo 3 references buried within AMD Catalyst's beta driver. Microsoft is once again assuring audiences that there are no plans to re-release the popular games, despite the fact that we're now one incident away from making coincidence into a likely reality.

The Halo 3 reference was found in the application profiles of AMD's Catalyst 13.3 beta, listing support for the console-exclusive title. Admittedly, a tiny piece of code doesn't mean anything, and could simply have acted as a sample placeholder. That certainly is the position Microsoft took when asked about Halo 3 by Eurogamer. "We currently do not have plans to release any Halo titles on Steam," a Microsoft spokesman said, "nor do we currently have plans to release a PC version of Halo 3."

While anything we say about Halo's PC future is speculation, it certainly wouldn't be the first time re-release hints were discovered, denied by publishers, and then confirmed anyway. Either way, if Microsoft isn't planning a Halo 3 port, it seems like a missed opportunity. As far as PC gamers know, Halo 2's story ended in a cliffhanger before Master Chief could prevent a galactic catastrophe. Given that fan reactions of the original "rumor" were largely positive, I imagine a fair number of PC gamers would love to see what happens next.

While we're on the subject, it's worth mentioning that Duke Nukem 3D was also listed on Steam's database, and was confirmed for re-release a week later.

Source: Eurogamer

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Hey Microsoft, you guys like money, yeah? Just release this game on PC and you'll get loads.

microsoft, stop being a dick and let the pc crowd play it already!

Dragoon:
Hey Microsoft, you guys like money, yeah? Just release this game on PC and you'll get loads.

that's the hilarious part about it, if they ported it to pc, and also offered it in some kind of trilogy deal, it'd sell truckloads of cash. plus the 360 is very similar to pc anyways, so it shouldn't be too much work to port it vs making an entire new game..

Just give us the games already, I'm notta big fan of FPS games and I'd still get the trilogy if it was on the PC

Yawn-o-rama!!!

A decent, OLD, consolegame might be released on PC.
Too bad PC exclusive and PC released ports of newer, better games are aplenty!

Dragoon:
Hey Microsoft, you guys like money, yeah? Just release this game on PC and you'll get loads.

But they like getting money from Xbox sales more.

Well, people working for Microsoft have denied lots of things in the past.
Like that people would ever need more than 640kb of RAM.

gmaverick019:
plus the 360 is very similar to pc anyways, so it shouldn't be too much work to port it vs making an entire new game..

Well, aside from the 360 using a PPC architecture and the PC using an x86 architecture, which is kind of a big difference.

That said, the first two games already have PC versions. I can understand not porting the third, but I have no idea why they haven't at least rereleased 1 and 2 yet.

P.S. Thanks

Covarr:

gmaverick019:
plus the 360 is very similar to pc anyways, so it shouldn't be too much work to port it vs making an entire new game..

Well, aside from the 360 using a PPC architecture and the PC using an x86 architecture, which is kind of a big difference.

That said, the first two games already have PC versions. I can understand not porting the third, but I have no idea why they haven't at least rereleased 1 and 2 yet.

P.S. Thanks

yeah i meant that more as a relative statement, considering they've ported the first 2 already. it boggles me why they wouldn't cash in more money on their biggest franchise by doing as much as they can with the older titles on the pc.

Good thing I already finished Halo 3 a few years ago, the only Halo I've ever owned in a console.

Let's assume they budge and finally release Halo 3, what about ODST, Reach and 4?, I won't be waiting 'till 2030 to get the full goddamned series on my PC.

I actually hope they release this for the PC. It'd sell a pretty decent amount, and they'd be able to cash in on the renewed interest in the brand. Us modders would love to make use of that playground, and add a few new things to the table that just aren't possible with the newer games. It's like Microsoft is afraid of money or something.

Shame. I would buy it no question if they did release it. Hopefully someday they'll change their minds. In the meantime, I'll keep playing Halo 4.

But then what would people buy Xbox's for?

Well as a Halo fan with a ruined Halo 3 copy, let me just say that my money wants to slip through steam into Microsoft's pockets, but something's getting in the way of it. And it's not my computer screen.

I never understood microsoft, the Halo series is a series I could really see myself enjoying but it's not on the PC in it's entirety. Halo 1 on the PC was actually rather decent. Halo 2 was crap but only because microsoft decided they had to push vista some how so they were going to make Halo 2 a vista exclusive for no other reason than to try and sell more vista.

Exclusives don't motivate PC gamers as a general rule.

Just release a classic halo trilogy for forty bucks, sell it for a year and then release halo four and watch the cash roll in. Also for the love of god sell it on steam.

They need time to make sure that it's as godawful a port as Halo 2 was, so that sales tank and they can keep claiming that there's no money to be made in ports.

an annoyed writer:
Us modders would love to make use of that playground, and add a few new things to the table that just aren't possible with the newer games.

The odds that Microsoft would allow dirty Modders to actually alter their precious game are exceptionally low.

The Rogue Wolf:
The odds that Microsoft would allow dirty Modders to actually alter their precious game are exceptionally low.

Halo: Custom Edition
That is all.

Why must Microsoft hurt us so? The first Halo got onto PC and was absolutely excellent. I didn't get to play the second because *shudder* Vista. But if you got Halo 3 ported well it'd be excellent! They'd probably make a good bit of money off it too.

synobal:
I never understood microsoft, the Halo series is a series I could really see myself enjoying but it's not on the PC in it's entirety. Halo 1 on the PC was actually rather decent. Halo 2 was crap but only because microsoft decided they had to push vista some how so they were going to make Halo 2 a vista exclusive for no other reason than to try and sell more vista.

Exclusives don't motivate PC gamers as a general rule.

Just release a classic halo trilogy for forty bucks, sell it for a year and then release halo four and watch the cash roll in. Also for the love of god sell it on steam.

There's not much to understand. Microsoft is run by idiots these days. If they had any functional brain cells left they would release all of their games on PC. It takes a real fuckin' moron not to see how well Valve's doing by treating gamers with respect.

I for one would not mind getting Halo 3 from Steam, stopped at Halo 2 and never got to see the ending of the Master Chief trilogy.

Heh, it's Halo... PC users stopped caring around 2001...<.<

Sacman:
Heh, it's Halo... PC users stopped caring around 2001...<.<

I'd agree, if it weren't for the fact I was just playing Halo 2 online yesterday.

Age of Empires 2 was found in the Steam database as well, and was then quickly announced as being an HD re-release. I'm thinking this is coming.

They made some really cool stuff with Forge on the Xbox. I can only imagine what PC gamers could come up with, especially with mods.

 

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