Halo 3 never came to the PC. Microsoft ported the first two Halo games to Windows and then gave up on PC players. Yet, oddly, last year Microsoft launched a free-to-play shooter based on the Halo 3 engine that was region-locked to Russia, in the form of Halo Online. This, from Microsoft's point of view, may have been a mistake. Modders quickly cracked the region lock and since then have been changing the game, turning it into an unofficial PC version of Halo 3.
Halo Online shared Halo 3's engine but little else. There were none of the original maps, features like dual-wielding were missing, and it was designed to run only on Microsoft's official servers. This is what the modded game, ElDewrito, aimed to correct.
The modders were able to add peer-to-peer multiplayer that lets you play without Microsoft's official servers. And, as updates have been released for Halo Online the team has managed to unlock those for the ElDewrito version of the game. The original team has announced that is moving onto a new project, Anvil Online, a more comprehensive modded version of Halo Online, but it has left a parting gift for players of the cracked build of Halo Online: six of the original Halo 3 maps.
We are proud to announce that ElDewrito has finally reached the milestone version of 0.5. This update will allow you to play on all of the new maps present in the latest official release of Halo Online: High Ground, Last Resort, Narrows, Standoff, The Pit and Sandtrap.
This will be the last major release of ElDewrito made by the original team. We have decided to focus our collective efforts on an entirely new project called Anvil Online, which is a mod for Halo Online that has different design goals from ElDewrito. We will do our best to keep you updated on our progress on this project. We will create another post later with more details on the project.
With a working build of the Halo 3 engine on the PC, I can't wait to see what the modders are able to create. Can they add new features and new maps? Can they create a single player campaign on the PC? Or, even, maybe, possibly, Forge mode?