In a recent post on Halo Waypoint, developer 343 Industries answered some common questions about the upcoming Forge mode for Windows 10 in a FAQ format.
Players can indeed play the Forge maps on Windows 10 with others, though matchmaking is not available. All Arena multiplayer maps are available to play around with, including those bookmarked on Xbox One. However there is no cross-play feature, instead the Forge maps can simply be shared with those on Windows 10 or Xbox One.
This update also addresses speculation about a possible Halo 5: Guardians PC release, which 343i once again denies and instead pivots to the upcoming Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 and Xbox One. You can read the full FAQ below.
Q: Will I be able to play the maps built in Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition?
A: Yes. Players can build, test, and play their Forge creations with other friends on Windows 10.
Q: Will Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition use matchmaking?
A: Matchmaking on Windows 10 is not supported, but players can play with friends on Windows 10 in Custom Games by inviting them into their session.
Q: Will I have access to all of the multiplayer maps from Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One?
A: All Halo 5: Guardians Arena Multiplayer maps as well as bookmarked maps created within Forge on Xbox One will be available. Keep in mind that Warzone maps are not supported in Forge on either platform.
Q: Is cross-play between Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition and Halo 5: Guardians supported?
A: Cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One is not supported, but you can share Forge content across both platforms.
Q: Does Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition use DirectX 12?
A: Yes! In fact, Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition is built exclusively on DirectX 12.
Q: Is this a sign that you’ll be releasing a full version Halo 5: Guardians on PC?
A: Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition on Windows 10 is a free publishing tool designed for map makers and creators to build and play their creations on Windows 10 and also publish these experiences to Xbox One. As we’ve stated previously, we have no plans to release Halo 5: Guardians on Windows 10. We are focused on building Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Releasing Forge for Windows 10 for free will open up endless opportunities to the PC community to build and play Halo 5 multiplayer content, while also allowing them to share their creations with gamers on Xbox One as well. Windows 10 remains an important focus for the Halo franchise moving forward.
Q: Can I use mouse and keyboard when I play Custom Games and test my Forge creations on Windows 10, or only when I build?
A: Yes! Mouse and keyboard support will be offered for both gameplay as well as within the creative experience in Forge on Windows 10.
In the near future, we’ll have a lot more to share about Forge for Windows 10, but that’s not all. Be on the lookout for even more exciting updates coming to the Forge experience in Halo 5 on the Xbox One in the coming months – including new environments, advanced file sharing capabilities, new pieces, palettes, props, and much more. We can’t wait to be blown away once again by the community’s curiosity and creativity.