We learned back in August that Microsoft was planning to bring content from the iconic Halo series to the Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets, and now the company has announced that its coming sooner than expected.
Though we’re not expecting a full blown Halo VR game just yet, we will get our first taste of Halo in VR come October 17th, the same day that the first Windows VR headsets are due to launch. Lucky owners of those headsets will get to experience Halo: Recruit, the first Halo VR experience, which Microsoft calls a “fun, brief introduction into the world of Halo.”
Microsoft says they’ve worked directly with their studio, 343 Industries—who took over the Halo franchise from Bungie, and developed Halo 4 and Halo 5—to create the experience.
The company says players can expect to “see several iconic [Halo] characters in mixed reality for the very first time” in Halo: Recruit; and while we aren’t expecting much in terms of content depth for this first experience, we at least have high hopes for serious authenticity. And let’s be honest, getting to meet the towering seven foot tall Master Chief in 1,000 pounds of Mjolnir armor would be pretty cool after only ever seeing the Spartan robbed of a true scale on his TV screen.
We expect that this is just the first of several Halo experiences Microsoft has planned for their Windows VR headsets.