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Halo 5: Guardians is only a timed exclusive for the Xbox One? Nope. Microsoft has clarified that the Halo won't be coming to PC... at least, not any time soon.
DSO Gaming spotted a screenshot from Reddit user acuddlebug, where an image showed that Halo 5 might be a timed exclusive.
The exact wording on the multiplayer beta from the image states...
“Online Multiplayer and some features require Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately); timed exclusive, may be available later on other platforms.”
I have to admit, the wording leaves very little room for misinterpretation. When you see the image it makes it kind of clear that the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians requires Xbox Live and “may be available later on other platforms”. It's really hard to get anything else out of it other than that it might appear on other platforms. We've also already established that the game won't be coming to the Xbox 360, so that only leaves PC... right?
Well, the Xbox One's marketing and product manager, Aaron Greenberg, explained that the wording applied to the beta and that they were going to address it...
That still doesn't really explain the “may be available later on other platforms” bit. Maybe someone got happy writing the description? Ever since the talks about DX12 and the Windows 10 app surfaced there were a lot of rumblings within the community about the combination of DirectX 12 and Windows 10 could make the PC platform more susceptible for getting Xbox games. However, the Xbox One's success or failure will be duly determined by its software line-up.
If Microsoft can continue to hammer out noteworthy exclusives for the console, they might be able to maintain some momentum coming off their big win in November, when after nearly a year of consecutive wins by Sony taking over the NPD, Microsoft finally picked up a decisive victory with a price-cut and a lot of marketing during Black Friday.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection was one of the major killer apps that helped boost the appeal of the Xbox One during the fall season, and coming with free access to Halo 5's multiplayer beta was just some extra cream on top. Of course, there were some other problems that The Master Chief Collection suffered that caused it to end up on the list of disappointments this year, but at least Microsoft wants to repair the damage with some free updates and free games.
As for Halo 5: Guardians being a timed exclusive? Well, it makes sense that the multiplayer beta is for a limited time, but there's always going to be that small piece in the back of everyone's mind wondering whether or not it will appear on PC. I'm sure Microsoft will want to keep one of their high-value console exclusives... exclusive.