A Microsoft representative squashed that hope, telling the Penny Arcade Report: "Halo 4 was designed specifically for Xbox 360, and while we're always exploring new ways to expand the franchise and share the Halo experience with as many fans as possible, we do not currently have any plans to port Halo 4 to PC."
Only the first two games in the Halo series were ever released on PC. Halo: Combat Evolved arrived two years after its Xbox release in 2003, while Halo 2 released three years late as a Windows Vista exclusive in 2007.
None of the Halo games since the launch of the Xbox 360 have seen a release on PC, including Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach and the real-time strategy spin-off Halo Wars.
The lack of a PC port is seen by many as a missed opportunity, as a Windows 8 version could have helped Microsoft dispel the perception that its new operating system is not well suited for games.
However, that could lead to a situation strikingly similar to Halo 2's Vista exclusivity, which performed poorly enough that a PC port of the series has not been attempted since.
Halo 4 launched worldwide today on Xbox 360, accompanied by an extravagant aerial performance in London.