Halo fans are absolutely pumped for the launch of Halo: Reach for PC. The game was released as a DLC package for The Master Chief Collection, which leads interested buyers to ask an obvious question: Can you buy Halo: Reach by itself as a standalone game, or do you need to buy The Master Chief Collection too?
Can you buy Halo: Reach as a standalone game?
Yes, it is possible to buy and play Halo Reach by itself as a standalone PC game. Though it’s been released as a DLC addition for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, players can purchase Halo: Reach separately without having to spend money on any additional Halo games.
It’s easy to see why some players may be confused: Since Halo: Reach is offered as part of The Master Chief Collection, it appears as if the collection itself is needed to run Reach. That’s because Halo: Reach on PC runs through The Master Chief Collection launcher. However, players don’t need to own any of the other Halo games in the collection to purchase, download, and play Halo: Reach.
If gamers head to Steam or the Microsoft Store and purchase Halo: Reach as an individual release, they’ll find that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be added to their game library. Once running, The Master Chief Collection will allow them to jump into Halo: Reach.
As things stand right now, purchasing Halo: Reach by itself costs only $10, which is one quarter of the price of the full $40 Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It’s also worth mentioning that both Halo: Reach and The Master Chief Collection itself are available as part of Xbox Game Pass, the monthly subscription service that grants access to loads of Xbox games. Either way, Halo fans can absolutely purchase and play Halo: Reach as a standalone title if they so choose.