This last weekend, Rooster Teeth held their annual gaming convention in RTX in Austin, Texas where developer 343 industries has been invited to host a panel about the past, present and future of the Halo franchise. Since its release back in October, Halo 5: Guardians has been receiving monthly updates with new maps, games modes, armors, weapons, skins, and more, but the Halo developer wants fans to know that it still has a lot more stuff in the pipeline.
The Xbox Wire Staff posted a recap of the panel today, and the first highlight is an update on Halo 5: Forge on Windows 10. Earlier in May, the developer first teased that Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Editions would be heading over to Windows 10 later this year as a free offering to allow PC gamers to use the powerful map-creating tool on Windows 10. While we already knew that Forge on Windows 10 would support mouse and keyboard, 343 Industries shared that the app will actually have a redesigned interface specifically made for Windows 10 and interchangeable support between an Xbox One controller or a mouse and keyboard.
Moreover, the developer also introduced at RTX 2016 the Content Browser, a new tool that will be available on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 to easily find and share custom maps, games modes, and Forge Object Groups. While there is still no release date for Halo Forge on Windows 10, 343 Industries announced that the community has already grown to over 16.5 million players who have spent more than 272 years in Forge and built nearly 330,000 maps.
The Halo developer also shared some news about Halo Wars 2 following the end of the Xbox One on June 22. While this beta only featured two games modes, Domination and Deathmatch, it seems that Halo fans have been very engaged with the RTS game demo as 343 Industries reports that there have been more than 1.2 million hours of gameplay during the nine-days period.
The team shared a detailed infographic that sums up some of the upcoming game early achievements, you can have a look at it below:
For those of you who didn’t get the chance to try the beta, the Halo developer also revealed that a second multiplayer beta on both Xbox One and Windows 10 will run closer to launch on February 21, 2017. Lastly, Halo 5: Guardians players should expect more future content releases for the game following the release of Warzone Firefight last week. Let us know in the comments if you think there has never been a better time to be a Halo fan.