Free Halo 5 Forge Tools Coming to PC, Supports Up to 4K Resolution
Halo 5‘s Forge tools are coming to PC later this year, Microsoft announced today. In an Xbox Wire post, Microsoft revealed Forge — Halo 5: Guardians Edition, which is launching in the coming months for Windows 10.
With the tools, players can create levels on Windows 10 PCs and publish them on Xbox One. Note that this is not Halo 5 the game, but only the Forge tools. Earlier this year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said it was unlikely that Halo 5 would come to PC.
The PC version of Halo 5’s Forge tools will include what’s in the Xbox One edition, as well as “some exciting new features designed specifically with PC users in mind.” These include (descriptions via Microsoft):
- 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.
“Forge on the PC will finally give the mouse/keyboard editing precision the community has always been clamoring for,” Forge designer Tom French said. “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.
“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,” he added. “I’m excited to see what the future content from the community will bring!”
Microsoft will announce more details on Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition later this year. Additionally, Microsoft teased that the Xbox One version of Halo 5’s Forge is going to receive some new updates in the coming months, introducing things like “new environments, advanced file sharing capabilities, new pieces, palettes, props, and much more.”
Forge users on Xbox One have already created some incredible maps and custom game modes, including Harry Potter Quidditch and Star Wars podracing. It’s exciting to think about what could come after the Forge tools are released on PC.