343 Industries has announced Halo Online, a free-to-play, multiplayer PC title set for release only in Russia later this year. Halo Online is being developed in partnership with Saber Interactive and Innova Systems and is based on a modified Halo 3 engine.

The title has been optimised and designed to run on low-end PCs and is multiplayer only. While it features no campaign, the description reads; “Set on a secret UNSC space installation called Anvil, where Spartan-IV soldiers train together in war exercises to sharpen their battle skills and test experimental technology.”

In a Q&A posted on Halo Waypoint, 343 reveals that Halo Online will enter closed beta in Russia in Spring (Autumn in the southern hemisphere) and is being treated as a learning exercise for the developers. It will enable 343 to welcome new fans to the franchise, but only in Russia and only on PC. There are no plans to bring Halo Online to Xbox One nor any plans to release outside of Russia.

Halo Online will enter closed beta for PC in Russia this Spring.