Halo 3 PC release date set for next week

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The Halo 3 PC release date has finally been confirmed, and you don't have too much longer to wait to refinish the fight.

Developer 343 Industries revealed on the official Halo Twitter account that Halo 3 will join the rest of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC on July 14. That will complete the original trilogy of Halo games on PC, and will leave Halo 3: ODST as the last portion of the Master Chief Collection to be ported over.

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Once Halo 3 goes live, it will automatically be added to The Master Chief Collection on both Steam and the Windows Store (and it's currently discounted as part of the Steam Summer Sale (opens in new tab), so now would be a great time to catch up). Both the campaign and the multiplayer will be enabled simultaneously, so you can relive the final battle for Earth in single-player or co-op, or start customizing your Spartan or Elite for multiplayer combat.

Halo 3 joining The Master Chief Collection on PC is an especially momentous occasion because this is the first time the game has been officially available on the platform. Both Halo and Halo 2 made their way to PC within a few years of their arrival on Xbox, but the final chapter of the trilogy has remained an Xbox-exclusive up until now. For PC-only Halo fans, this really is their first opportunity to complete the original trilogy.

This also means that we don't have to "eat our own hairy backs" if Halo 3 doesn't come out on PC, as we apparently pledged to do in a news article from 2007 (opens in new tab). Thank goodness for that. 

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.