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Halo Online F2P Closed Beta Coming To Russia This Spring

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm by Felix Mui

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Officially announced Wednesday, 343 Industries surprisingly announced a brand new “free to play” version of Halo coming only to Russia. Halo Online is developed mainly by Saber Interactive, who pioneered the graphical engine that made Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo: The Master Chief Collection possible.

The technical ability to swap between old graphics and new graphics in those games, ultimately running brand new textures over the previous old graphics simultaneously was the work of these fine folks. It appears that the tight partnership created from those previous works made Halo Online a possibility as the F2P game will be running on a modified version of Halo 3‘s engine to increased the ability of players with mid to low end PCs enjoying a Halo game. The servers will be run by Innova Systems who hosts various MMOG games including Lineage 2 and PlanetSide 2 in Russia.

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The game as a free to play will include an in-game currency and economy that will encourage players to play in order to unlock numerous armor permutations, skins and weapons. This will include both returning fan favorites from previous Halo titles and brand new ones that are exclusive only to this game. This applies to the multiplayer maps as well as the trailer has showcased a straight up port of Guardian from Halo 3 and a remake of fan favorite Turf from Halo 2 among other new maps.

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Ultimately this game will be a multiplayer-only game with no campaign although that didn’t stop them from setting the game within the fiction.

…[S]et 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.

While the choice of region to launch such a effort seems puzzling, it isn’t the first time a FPS franchise has had a multiplayer only installment not available in it’s home country. Call of Duty has an online only FPS in China and Counter Strike Online 2 is exclusive to Asia. Russia is also a place where most gamers don’t own consoles and enjoy the “Free To Play” games to a more widespread degree.

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At this point there is no launch date set and the beta is sure to bring about constant changes to the game before a final release. Plans for a European or North American version are not on the board at the moment, but judging by the gameplay that has English UI text support it won’t be surprising to see it come to a PC near you.

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