UPDATE (5/11/2020): Lead Esports Producer at 343 Industries Tahir “Tashi” Hasandjekic has confirmed Halo 2 will release at 8:00PM Pacific Time.
Microsoft revealed today Halo 2: Anniversary will arrive on the Steam Marketplace and Xbox Game Pass for PC on May 12. Halo 2 will debut at 8:00PM Pacific Time next Tuesday with “customizable mouse and keyboard support, 60+ FPS, and other PC-specific settings,” upon launch.
Flighting for Halo 2: Anniversary began on April 17 for Halo Insiders, allowing developers 343 Industries ample time to collect feedback and fine-tune the game ahead of its mid-May launch date.
The newest addition is the third edition of the franchise to hit Steam since the developers announced their intent to port the entirety of Halo: Master Chief Collection to PC in December 2019.
Initially released in 2014 alongside Halo: Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One console, Halo 2: Anniversary remastered one of the franchise’s favorites installments, with drastic improvements in cinematics, audio, and cutscenes. The version being ported over to PC on May 12 will be optimized for 4K resolutions, ultra-wide display, and adjustable field-of-view. Moreover, players will be able to toggle between the Anniversary edition and original 2004 version of Halo 2 in campaign and multiplayer.
Halo 2: Anniversary can be played by purchasing Halo: Master Chief Collection, which also includes Halo: Reach and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, for $40 USD on the Steam Marketplace once it’s released. Alternatively, it’s implied Halo 2: Anniversary will be made available as a standalone game for $10 USD. With a Xbox Game Pass PC membership, you’ll be able to get your hands on the game, and over 100 other Xbox titles, for just $5 USD a month.
The arrival of Halo 2 also means we are on step closer to the release of Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, which will be the next two installments of the franchise to be ported on PC.