The Master Chief Collection’s arrival on PC wasn’t in itself a surprise as it was thought to be coming to Microsoft Store sooner or later. What surprised PC gamers was the announcement of the Collection’s release on Steam, and Microsoft’s willingness to give up exclusivity to such a important franchise.
The Halo games will be released in stages and by chronological order. First will come to Halo: Reach, then Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, and lastly Halo 4. 343 Industries claims that this schedule release will be necessary for them to ensure that all the games in the collection are adapted to PC standards with customizable settings and a bigger range of screen definitions.
At the moment of writing, no release date or pricing was announced, with 343 stating that they will not commit to a release date yet, so the studio can have time to release polished adaptation to the PC market.
At a time where digital stores see competing for exclusivity, it seems Microsoft choose not only to appeal to a broader audience but also to garner good press from the PC community. Only time will tell how successful The Master Chief Collection will be on Steam, but for now it seems the community is hyped for its release.