Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Public Test Delayed Until After E3

Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Public Test Delayed Until After E3

Master Chief is a little pre-occupied right now.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally coming to PC, but it looks like players will have to wait a little longer before actually getting a chance to play it. 343 Industries has announced that its planned public testing might be pushed back until after E3.

"Currently it doesn't look like public fighting will begin prior to E3," 343 Industries community director Brian Jarrard wrote in a post on Reddit. "The team has made a lot of progress on a number of areas but everything is just taking time (in some cases longer than initially anticipated)."

The PC version for Halo: The Master Chief Collection was originally slated to enter public testing in April. It was delayed because of the complications that came with bringing the console shooter to the PC. Everything from the UI to controls needed some work before Halo was presentable for PC, and it looks like those issues might be more difficult to untangle than previously revealed.

Halo on PC will also be adding some new features as well, including a Reach-inspired progression system that includes levels that unlock rewards, as well as seasons. Rather than a port, 343 appears to be designing a Halo experience for the modern PC ecosystem.

Unfortunately, this does mean that fans won't be able to test out Halo on PC until the end of June at the earliest. Jarrard isn't wholly discounting a pre-E3 public test release, but with E3 two weeks away it's looking unlikely. Hopefully there will be some Halo Infinite news to tide us over.

E3 2019 begins on June 11. Check out our E3 2019 guide for press conference schedules and more.

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