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Halo 3 is out now on PC in The Master Chief Collection

The title that tied off the original Halo trilogy has finally been released on PC.


Halo 3 has officially arrived on PC in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Players that were eagerly awaiting the release will be pleased to hear it’s available for download a bit earlier than expected.

Halo 3 is out now on PC

The original Halo trilogy can be closed now that Halo 3 has been released as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC. This marks the first time the game has been available on PC. Previously, only Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 were on PC back in the early 2000s when they first launched. Since then, they’ve been brought back to PC as part of the Master Chief Collection.

Halo 3 out now on PC
It's time to smash some grunts, as Halo 3 is now available on PC.

For those keeping tabs, Halo 3 is the fourth Halo game to be released on PC since December, joining Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Halo 2. The only titles left to join the fight are Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4. That will be six Halo titles for the low price of $39.99USD on Steam or players can purchase each game separately for $9.99. The collection is also available in the Windows Store and as part of the Xbox Game Pass service (thanks to Chatty user watcherxp for the reminder).

While ODST was always planned for release on PC, players were only just made aware that ODST’s Firefight mode would be coming at the end of 2020. Halo 3: ODST was originally added to Halo: MCC as a way to thank those that purchased the collection and stuck with it back on Xbox One when it was still underperforming and riddled with problems. Unfortunately, it did not include the Firefight mode, which is by far the best iteration of the mode.

For those looking to get in on the Halo 3 action, you can begin downloading the update now. Players on Steam can expect a 10.8GB download size, which includes the Halo 3 campaign, multiplayer, a new season of items to chase, the challenges, and finally, Forge. In the event MCC isn’t letting you play Halo 3, check out our guide on how to install Halo 3 on PC.

Now that Halo 3 is here, players can finish the fight against the Covenant and the Flood. All that’s left next is ODST and Halo 4. Then we’re on to Halo Infinite. Check out the Halo: The Master Chief Collection page on Shacknews for more news and guides.

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    July 13, 2020 9:25 PM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Halo 3 is out now on PC in The Master Chief Collection

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      July 13, 2020 9:46 PM


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        July 13, 2020 9:53 PM

        Good point!

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          July 13, 2020 9:55 PM


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            July 13, 2020 10:11 PM

            I resubbed with rewards points I had and even got an additional free month for turning on automatic renewal which can be immediately canceled without losing your sub and/or in the meantime also get more rewards points to get more free Game Pass subs. It's crazy good. It's an amazing time to be a gamer and I don't even know how my little 10 year old self would be able to cope with the sheer amount and quality out there for extremely accepting prices. For free practically I've had game pass for a year and only didn't have it for 2 months. Microsoft really wants the barrier to game be so low anybody can get into it.

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            July 13, 2020 10:12 PM

            I might not resub. The store is a mess to navigate and UWP sucks, games perform worse than on Steam.

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              July 14, 2020 3:29 AM

              And you can't mod them/tweak config files since it's all encrypted.

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                July 14, 2020 9:37 AM

                The one game I really needed to do that was with Kingdom Come Deliverance.

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            July 14, 2020 5:47 AM

            Yup disabled PS+ renew and just doing MS full time. PS+ is so worthless.

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            July 14, 2020 8:47 AM

            i couldn't update mcc to play halo 2, uninstalled the thing and now can't even install the base collection. fucking hell

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      July 14, 2020 3:11 AM

      Is there an ETA for ODST? Can’t wait for some Firefight action.

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        July 14, 2020 10:41 AM

        Their rate of release is like every 2-3 months at this rate. They should put a flight test up in 1-2 months followed by general release a month later. Likely will get ODST by Sept (as it’s based on H3 engine it’ll probably be the quickest to port and then Halo 4 right before Halo Infinite. Maybe they’ll add Halo 5 to MCC maybe not.

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      July 14, 2020 8:54 AM

      I just hope it's a good port. I've been fairly unimpressed with the MCC so far.

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        July 14, 2020 8:55 AM

        Same. Buggy messes most of the time.

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          July 14, 2020 9:00 AM

          I just don't understand; MS have the money and this is one of the only key franchises they have.

          How are they messing this up?

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          July 14, 2020 10:55 AM

          have they been fixed post release? i've been thinking about picking up the games but don't want to bother if it's going to be buggy and stupid :( :(

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        July 14, 2020 9:03 AM


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        July 14, 2020 10:43 AM

        Just played the campaign up to the appearance of the Flood last night on 4K. Ran just fine. Even the pathfinding of the AI Warthog driver gets lost like they did on Console.

        Didn’t have issues with H2A either and played that up until Delta Halo. And there was the Shackbattle for H2 a couple months back with a bunch of us. Will probably play more of it off and on.

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        July 14, 2020 11:22 AM

        I had to turn off v-sync but honestly don't even notice any tearing so that's good but also the sounds... they lack so much punch. Halo 2 fucking did it right and I wish they gave that same treatment to all these Halos.

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        July 14, 2020 12:47 PM

        Even with Halo 2 Anniversary? It looks leaps and bounds better than the Xbox version.

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          July 14, 2020 1:05 PM

          It had all sorts of crazy bugs. Like you could shoot someone across the level on midship by aiming down and firing the shotty at the ground. This was at launch. I haven’t played it in weeks.

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            July 15, 2020 4:14 AM

            Oh I haven’t tried any of the MP. I was in the Halo 3 beta flight and the first few levels of the campaign felt fine, certainly seems to play better than Reach.

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