Microsoft and 343 Industries Bringing Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition to Windows 10

By Kelly Packard, 7 months ago
Since the sandbox creation tool Forge finally came to Halo 5: Guardians in December, the folks at 343 Industries have been "continually blown away with the countless crazy and creative experiences that Halo fans have made." Everything from silly vehicle mini games to beautiful user-created maps can be found in the Forge universe.

Mongoose bumper cars, anyone?Mongoose bumper cars, anyone?

But there's one thing that Forge creators have always lamented – it can just be plain clumsy building an entire map and dealing with thousands of customization options with a controller. Building upon this, today 343 Industries announced Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for the Windows 10 platform.

Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition includes all of the features of Halo 5: Guardians' signature Forge mode in addition to some new ones:

  • 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.
But what is the price for such a service? Absolutely free, says 343. Tom French, UGC Director for 343 Industries, said:

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!
That's all that we know for now, but 343 says that we can expect to hear more on the Windows 10 version of Forge later this year, and Halo 5 players on Xbox can expect an update for their version of Forge, too.

The create on PC, publish on Xbox strategy is similar to how Fallout 4 mods are being implemented on console; perhaps this is becoming a regular trend moving forward? Or is this the first step for a full-blown Halo 5: Guardians – PC Edition?
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
College student, longtime gamer, writer and Sour Patch Watermelon enthusiast.