Free-to-play Halo is coming to the PC, but there’s a bit of a catch

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There is a version of Halo being made for the Russian market that’s exclusive to the PC platform and free-to-play. Russian publisher Innova Systems revealed the region-specific game to the press yesterday. Halo Online is built on an offshoot of the Halo 3 engine, developed by Saber Interactive, and made with 343 Industries’ assistance. Microsoft is co-distributing. In the official English-language FAQ, 343 Industries says that the game represents a multiplayer-only PC experience tailored for Russian gamers.

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