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Here's your first chance to play Halo 3 on PC

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Halo 3 will roll out early next month for limited PC testing, according to a new update from developer 343 Industries. 

"Halo 3 is the next game in our lineup making its way to PC," confirmed 343i's "Postums" in a community update (opens in new tab) (thanks, RPS (opens in new tab)). "In 2007, it was the Halo title that brought us Theater, Forge, and some of the community’s most beloved gametypes like Grifball, Infection, and many more. Halo 3 holds a special place in many player's hearts and we know it's one of, if not THE most anticipated titles in the collection. In good news, public flighting for Halo 3 PC is on the horizon!"

Postums goes on to confirm that "in the first half of next month", developer 343 Industries has plans to "flight a slice of Halo 3 to Halo Insiders on PC". 

That test includes five campaign missions – Sierra 117, The Storm, The Ark, The Covenant, and Halo – as well as Forge mode, Theatre, and multiplayer modes across 10 maps, of course, including Custom Games, Social Games, and Competitive Games. 

"If you aren’t a Halo Insider already, please head on over here (opens in new tab) and register," Postums added. "If it’s been a while since you have visited your Halo Insider profile (opens in new tab), please take some time to make sure everything is up to date with your profile including your PC specs (many folks have been upgrading their machines during quarantine so please make sure your profile is current!). Ensuring you are up-to-date and registered with a valid (and verified!) email, greatly improves your chances of being selected for flights."

For the full details, head on over to the official Halo forums (opens in new tab).

Don't forget, the Anniversary edition of Halo: Combat Evolved is now available on PC (opens in new tab)through Halo: The Master Chief Collection, too. Developer 343 Industries released a teaser for the Anniversary edition back in March, and just one day later surprise-released the game on Steam (opens in new tab)

As Austin explained at the time, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is the second piece of the Master Chief Collection to make it to PC after Halo Reach in December 2019, and while it uses the fancy-pants 2011 remaster as a base, it's been further optimized for 4K output, 60 FPS, ultrawide resolutions, and other PC bells and whistles. 

That's not the only good news for Halo fans on PC. Microsoft has also confirmed that Halo: Infinite (opens in new tab), along with the rest of its major first-party launch lineup for Xbox Series X (opens in new tab), will also hit PC in 2020 (opens in new tab)

Looking for something new to get stuck into while you wait? Here are the best PC games (opens in new tab) right now.

Vikki Blake
Vikki Blake

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.