The upcoming release of Halo Wars 2 by the end of the month has opened speculations about other games in the franchise. After all, what better way is there to hype a new game than with developments with other releases? Which begs the question, is Halo 5 Guardians finally going to Steam?
Halo 5 Guardians is the fifth official title in the Halo franchise. Its rather open ending has teased quite the much-awaited sequel, which was not yet teased by Microsoft. However, its steady stream of downloadable content (DLCs) and updates have strengthened its fan base.
Regardless, with the popularity of Steam as a gaming service provider, are there chances of Halo 5 Guardians being available there? A lot of people on the internet seem to think so. Here is the full extent of the rumor.
Halo 5 Guardians: Steam Release?
The rumor is not just about Halo 5 being released on the Windows 10. Rather, this is about the game being directly available in Steam. This was elaborated by OnMSFT, which reiterated that Xbox games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break and Dead Rising 4 have been seen as Win32 exe files on Steam. There is no reason for Halo 5 not to show up any time soon.
However, it can be reiterated that none of the aforementioned were developed by Microsoft itself, save for Halo 5. If the rumor eventually becomes true, then this will be the first time an Xbox One exclusive has been made available to Steam first and not yet on the Windows Store. Of course, fans ought to take this with a grain of salt.
According to Gaming Bolt, a site called SteamDB is currently keeping track of changes in the Steam database. The findings of the site seem to corroborate the OnMSFT rumors, as listings for Halo 5 and Forza Motorsport 5 can be seen in the Steam database. This implies that the games may be launched on Steam at some point in the future. However, Gaming Bolt speculates this may happen after it releases on the Windows Store.
Of course, it can be helpful to remember that not all listings on the Steam database pan out. For instance, there was a previous Halo 3 listing on the Steam database, and it is still an Xbox 360 exclusive until now. Regardless, fans of Halo 5 can still play the game on the Xbox One and PC.
Meanwhile, there is still no news of Halo 6 and a full-blown sequel for the rather bleak ending of Halo 5. However, the upcoming Halo Wars 2 is set shortly after Halo 5. This means that whatever happens in that game may set the stage for another upcoming full title.