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Halo Online Closed Beta Launching in Russia

By 343 Industries -

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Today, we’re excited to announce a project we’ve been working on with our partners Saber Interactive and Innova Systems: Halo Online, an all-new, free Halo multiplayer PC experience that will launch in spring, only in Russia. 

Halo Online is powered by a highly modified version of the Halo 3 engine and optimized for smooth performance on lower-end PCs. While there’s no campaign mode, Halo Online is set on a secret UNSC space installation called Anvil, where Spartan-IV soldiers train together in war exercises to sharpen their battle skills and test experimental technology.

During the Halo Online closed beta, we will continuously adjust and modify gameplay, features, and the in-game economy. We’re looking forward to getting feedback from gamers living in Russia when Halo Online enters closed beta later this spring via Innova’s 4game platform.

Halo Online Q&A

Q:           What type of game is Halo Online?

A:            Halo Online is a free multiplayer-only PC experience that we’re launching as a closed beta test in Russia.

Q:           Does Halo Online represent your future plans for the franchise on PC?

A:            Halo Online is a learning opportunity for us as we explore ways to welcome new fans to the “Halo” universe. We’re excited to release a “Halo” multiplayer-only PC experience tailored for Russian gamers.

Q:           When will Halo Online be available?

A:            The closed beta period will begin in Russia later this spring. There is no definitive launch date at this time.

Q:           Are you planning on bringing Halo Online to the Xbox One?

A:            Halo Online was built from the ground up specifically for the PC. There are no plans to bring Halo Online to the Xbox One.

Q:           Will gamers in other regions like North America and Europe be able to play Halo Online?

A:            Right now our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia. Theoretically, any expansion outside of Russia would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations.

Q:           Are you planning to officially launch this year?

A:            There is no definitive launch date at this time as we proceed in our closed beta period in Russia.