Halo 5's map creation tool Forge is to be released for Windows 10 later this year, Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced.
Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 will be free, giving existing map creators improved tools, whilst also offering a chance for non-Xbox One players to get creating.
The Windows 10 Edition will offer the same Forge experience available on Xbox One plus the following PC specific extras:
Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision control than ever before.
Test and Play with Friends – Enlist the help of Friends to help build, test, and play your Forge creations on Windows 10.
Build on Windows 10 and Publish to Xbox One – Experiences built on Windows 10 can be published to and played on Xbox One, opening the doors for countless new experiences to be enjoyed by players all over the world.
"Forge on the PC will finally give the mouse/keyboard editing precision the community has always been clamoring for. On top of that, an updated and optimized UI geared towards mouse interactions makes a lot of the inputs in Forge easier/faster than before," said 343 Industries UGC Director, Tom French.
"Since we released Forge in Halo 5 we’ve seen so many amazing new things come from it – from weird mini-games we could have never anticipated to meticulously crafted maps that are even approaching the visual quality of internally built maps. The team has continued to wonder what we’d get if we could put Forge in the hands of as many people as possible, and making it free on Windows 10 literally gives the chance to anyone who wants to jump in and try their hands at building a cool new map for Halo 5. I’m excited to see what the future content from the community will bring!"
Given Windows 10 users will be able to test and play their creations with friends, it seems likely Forge is a step towards launching the complete Halo 5 experience on Windows 10.
343 studio head Josh Holmes teased that more is to come on Twitter.