It’s been years since Halo was officially playable on PC, but this mod offers an alternative.
Around the time that Halo 5 was released, 343 Industries released a PC version of Halo‘s multiplayer called Halo Online. Sadly, that version of the game was only available in Russia and was canceled in 2016. The original purpose of the project’s limited release is not entirely clear at this time.
What is clear is that a version of Halo Online was leaked onto the internet via 4chan and was quickly adopted by modders who wanted to turn it into the global way for PC fans to finally be able to play some Halo multiplayer in the modern age. The project was dubbed “ElDewrito.” Work on the mod was coming along nicely, but things hit a snag when some of those involved with the project jumped onto another Halo mod that ultimately failed.
Recently, though, another group took over ElDewrito and have revealed that they’ve made tremendous progress. In a post on the ElDewrito blog, the team outlines some of the progress that they’ve made. There’s quite a bit of information to digest, but the long and short of it is that the new version of the project features popular Halo 3maps Valhalla and Guardian, a host of fan-made maps, and is entirely open source (meaning that anyone can contribute to it). Best of all, it’s absolutely free to download.
What’s the catch? Well, that depends on how you look at the situation. To be certain, ElDewrito isn’t a professionally made PC version of Halomultiplayer for PC. It’s a little rough around the edges in spots and might always be qualified as a work in progress. However, the mod makes good on its promise to allow gamers to experience Halomultiplayer on PC for the first time in years.
There’s also the questionable legality of the mod. No, it’s not technically illegal to download ElDewrito, but there’s always the possibility that Microsoft will shut it down at some point. That possibility grows stronger when you consider that Halo 6 is definitely on its way.
For now, though, you can download ElDewrito here. However, the 0.6 update mentioned in the blog post won’t be available until April 20.