Nor will any other first-party Microsoft game on PC.
Halo The Master Chief Collection will not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription on PC, falling in line with Microsoft’s policy on PC gaming.
Players questioning if they need an Xbox Live Gold subscription or not can rest easy — back in 2015, Microsoft’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb confirmed that won’t be a requirement.
“Xbox Live Gold will not be required for online multiplayer gaming using our service on Windows 10 PCs and Phones,” Hryb wrote.
What was true then is true today — and also applies to other modern titles like Crackdown 3. “Online multiplayer on Xbox requires Xbox Live Gold (subscription sold separately),” that game’s listing calls out, specifically referencing console. So there you have it, PC gamers — rest easy as you don’t have to consider yet another gaming subscription service. It should be noted that an Xbox Live account is required, but a non-paying Silver one will certainly do.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection heads to Windows PC later this year.
@haydencd Not charging. Xbox Live Gold will not be required for online multiplayer gaming using our service on Windows 10 PCs and Phones
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 5, 2015