But it’s still baby steps. 343 Industries just announced Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition is coming to Windows 10 later this year. And with it, the lines between Xbox One and Windows 10 continue to blur together. Not that I’m complaining. 4K resolution on Halo 5: Guardians? Sounds great to me.

Like Forza 6: Apex, Forge on Windows 10 will be free. Here’s what’s in the package.

Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision 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.

Ok. We get Forge on Windows 10 and we can play Forge creations on PC. Why can’t we just play all of Halo 5: Guardians?

This is the second time we’ve seen Microsoft throw us a piece of a Xbox One game on PC. First, it was Forza. Now this. It feels like Microsoft wants to go all in, but they keep pulling back from offering the full game. I guess it makes sense. Turn 10 and 343 Industries have been solely working on Xbox One. These projects give them a chance to dip their toes into Windows 10 development and see how things shake out.

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I’m hoping the Xbox team clearly states their Xbox One/Windows 10 vision at E3.

For Forge enthusiasts, today’s announcement is what you’ve been dreaming of. Your workflow just got streamlined big time. Keyboard and mouse support will give you control that a gamepad just can’t give. Not to mention how much quicker maps can be created.

343 Industries’ Tom French was pumped to share the news.

“Forge on the PC will finally give the mouse/keyboard editing precision the community has always been clamoring for. On top of that, an updated and optimized UI geared towards mouse interactions makes a lot of the inputs in Forge easier/faster than before.

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. The team has continued to wonder what we’d get if we could put Forge in the hands of as many people as possible, and making it free on Windows 10 literally gives the chance to anyone who wants to jump in and try their hands at building a cool new map for Halo 5. I’m excited to see what the future content from the community will bring!”

The Forge news doesn’t stop here. 343 Industries will unveil new environments, advanced file sharing capabilities, new pieces, pallets, props and more in the months ahead.

As for all of Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10? Man, I’m right there with you crossing my fingers for an E3 announcement.

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