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It’s a big day for Halo fans, because the PC version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting a new game today. Halo 3 is set to go live on PC in just a couple of hours, and when it does, 343 Industries and Microsoft will be one step closer to their promise of bringing the entire Master Chief Collection over to PC by the end of 2020.

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Halo 3 comes to PC as the next installment in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Now optimized for PC, witness the Master Chief’s return to finish the fight between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire Human race in this dramatic, pulse-pounding conclusion of the original Halo trilogy. Steam Version: 1. Launch the game from steam, you’ll see two options. Select Play Halo: MCC Anti-Cheat Disabled (Mods and Limited Services). Windows Store Version: 1. Open start menu, search for Halo 2. Look for the result named Halo: MCC Anti-Cheat Disabled (Mods and Limited Services) and launch it. Note this trainer is for Halo 3 only.

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In fact, once Halo 3 is out, 343 Industries will only have two more games to go before the Master Chief Collection is complete: Halo 3 ODST and Halo 4. In any case, the update adding Halo 3 to the PC version of MCC will be available later today, at 10 AM PDT – just about two hours from the time of this writing. The patch notes that 343 Industries shared today tell us that Halo 3 is arriving alongside a hefty update.

With the addition of Halo 3, 343 Industries is also adding Forge to the PC versions of Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo 2: Anniversary. Those who dug into Forge back when Halo 3 was the big thing on Xbox 360 will find that it’s been expanded with “new objects and budget increases” on PC. That isn’t limited to Halo 3 Forge either, as Halo: Reach has undergone a similar expansion.

This update also brings some fixes to Halo: Reach‘s audio, which has been a problem ever since that game launched back in December. After this update has been applied, 343 says that Reach‘s audio should be aligned “closer to Xbox 360 quality,” so if the audio bugs in that game have been a source of annoyance, it looks like you might finally get some relief.

That just touches on all of the fixes that are coming along with this update, so hit the link above for 343’s full patch notes. Halo 3 will be available on Steam and through the Windows Store as part of the Master Chief Collection for $39.99, or available as a standalone purchase for $9.99. It’ll also be available through Xbox Game Pass for PC, so if you’re subscribed, you can download the Master Chief Collection through the Xbox PC app and play Halo 3 that way.

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We live in a strange time. One of the best pieces of evidence for that is on Steam, where the top-selling game is Halo. Microsoft’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches (in part) today on PC. It’s $40 on Steam, but it’s also included in the $5-per-monthXbox Game Pass for PC service.

Halo topping a PC sales chart is bizarre for a handful of reasons. The Master Chief Collection is quite old at this point. It debuted for Xbox One in 2014. And it had a poor reputation due to a number of horrendous technical issues. But, of course, the strangest aspect is that Halo was famously not a PC game — and certainly not a PC game on Steam.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: Reach. For now, only Reach is launching on PC. The rest are coming in later waves.

Microsoft has also spent years fixing those aforementioned technical problems. And it has largely succeeded at resuscitating the collection on console.

Now, Halo is finally on PC — although this isn’t completely new. Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 both eventually hit Windows years after their Xbox releases. But both of those games were part of the Games For Windows Live service, which is now long dead.

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But while Halo and Halo 2 were both previously on PC, they never launched on Steam. Both of those games launched on Windows before Steam was the behemoth that it is today.

And after all these years, if the demand for Halo on PC has waned, it’s not showing on the sales chart. Instead, the game is outselling the likes of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Monster Hunter: World despite both of those games having a 50% discount at the moment.

The game’s sales performance on Steam is especially impressive. It is topping the charts in anticipation of its unlock at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern) today. But PC players don’t have to purchase the game outright to play it. They could, instead, get it as part of the Xbox Game Pass service. And while that is normally $10 per month, Microsoft is having a deal where it’s only $1 for three months. At the risk of sounding like a Microsoft hype man: that’s a good deal.

And Microsoft’s goal is absolutely to get people to subscribe to its Game Pass service. In a pre-E3 internal memo that a source passed along to GamesBeat, Xbox boss Phil Spencer — unsurprisingly — told his teams that the focus for Microsoft is all about the subscription service.

But the good news for the Xbox division is that it’s a win whether people subscribe to Game Pass or buy Halo on Steam. This is the subscription strategy playing out exactly as Spencer wants it to.

The idea is that launches like Halo on PC are going to have a network effect. A couple of people in a Discord are going to start playing it because they have a subscription to Game Pass. And then that may encourage other people in the Discord to pick the game up. At that point, these incoming players can either buy the game on Steam or hop into the Game Pass ecosystem.

When Microsoft says that Xbox Game Pass subscribers buy more games, that’s likely the network effect. Players are getting online and forming tighter bonds with their friends. So when that group moves on to a new game, Game Pass members are going along with them even if that means purchasing games outside of the service.

Now, Halo is on PC and playing its part to help Microsoft win over gaming fans wherever they are. Even if that’s Steam.

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