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Halo 5 Cover Art Hints At Impending PC Release

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PC players may have the opportunity to play an official mainline Halo game on their platform for the first time in 14 years if updated box art images on Amazon UK are to be believed.

Thanks to the receptive eyes of Twitter user AllGamesDelta, the new Halo 5: Guardians box art contains an important addendum that implies its PC release:

The cover’s usual “Only on Xbox One” slogan has changed to “Xbox One Console Exclusive.” This slight yet important alteration is reserved for games that have console exclusivity on Xbox, but can also be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

Quantum Break, which had a simultaneous PC and Xbox One release, has the same banner:

This will be a surprising move from Microsoft, who is struggling to maintain first-party exclusive, despite its own positive view of third-parties. While this is an intriguing step, gamers everywhere will be asking themselves this sole question: why not Halo 3?

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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