343 Studios announced on May 19 that Halo 5′s version of Forge makes it’s way to Windows 10 later this year as free to download.
Forge is a map editing tool unique to the Halo franchise, first introduced to the series back on Halo 3 in 2007. With Halo 5′s release came a host of new features for the tool, including the removal of barriers.
According to a press release, additions to this mode include:
Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision and control than ever before.
Increased Resolution – Support for multiple resolutions including 4k.
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.
“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,” said Tom French, UGC Director at 343 Industries in the statement. “I’m excited to see what the future content from the community will bring!”
Before the PC release of Forge, expect a few updates in the coming months to the Xbox One version, including new environments and new props.