In December of 2019 Reach became the first Halo game of The Master Chief Collection to become available on PC. Now Combat Evolved Anniversary has joined it.
“Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly remastered version of the original Halo campaign, originally released for Xbox 360 in 2014, created in celebration of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history. Just like the Xbox 360 original, H:CEA on PC lets you switch between classic graphics and fully enhanced updated visuals on the fly – now with additional features and settings custom-tailored for the PC platform,” the announcement for this release reads.
This version of the game supports 4K and, if your PC can’t handle that, the reveal trailer embedded below is available at that resolution.
It’s not just high resolution and framerates that the game has to offer on PC, as there’s various tweaks and updates thrown into the mix.
A 3D model viewer of your Spartan, classic audio toggle and ultrawide monitor support is all included. Variable Frame Rate (VFR) support and adjustable FOV is also available right now, but both of these are “experimental features” so they may not work as intended.
It’s also included in The Master Chief Collection so owners of that bundle title already have access to this new addition. Lastly, those with active Xbox Game Pass for PC subscriptions get access to The Master Chief Collection, so they can download Combat Evolved right now without the need for any additional spending.
The game is a 28.9 GB download, so budget the time (and data) to download it. When we tried to do so a few hours ago when the announcement of release was made we experienced some problems likely caused by high traffic. That seems to have abated by now so jumping in should be a smoother experience.
It’s worth noting that all of this has also brought an update to Halo: Reach on PC. Those still playing it can find details of that on the Waypoint website in the announcement for Combat Evolved.