We're still (at least) a full year away from the release of Halo 5: Guardians, but already buzz has begun to build for the next chapter in Master Chief's journey. In fact, the first phase of that journey will begin later this year – December to be exact – when the Halo 5 multiplayer beta rolls out to Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners.
To that end, 343 Industries has revealed how collecting achievements in the Master Chief Collection will benefit Halo 5 beta participants. As they explain, there are specific MCC achievements that will unlock unique armor permutations in both the Halo 5 beta and the retail version whenever it releases next year.
First and foremost, though, 343 was quick to point out that the armor variants are still in development and do not represent the finished product. That being said, they do give Halo fans a good idea as to the various armor options that will be available when Halo 5: Guardians hits.
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As one might expect, the Spartan Mark VI armor gets top billing from 343 and comes in both pristine and scarred versions. It's unclear if the scarred version might hint at some story elements in Halo 5, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.
Alongside the two Spartan VI options, the Halo 5 armor unlocks also include a Helioskrill and Nightfall variants that put a unique spin on the traditional look. The Helioskrill armor is of particular interest, as it combines the familiar Spartan armor with the profile of The Arbiter. Find out how to unlock each armor option below:
- Spartan VI (New Gen) - Earn the "Your Journey Begins" Achievement
- Spartan VI (Scarred) - Earn the "Cairo Stations" Achievement
- Helioskrill - Earn the "Legend" Achievement
- Nightfall - Watch Nightfall Episode 1 to unlock helmet. Watch all 5 episodes to unlock armor.
What's interesting to note about the armor is that each set apparently features both a helmet and a body piece. Perhaps in Halo 5, customization will go even deeper, allowing players to pick the individual pieces of the armor. Obviously, this is just speculation on our part, but the prospect is intriguing.
Even more intriguing than that, though, is the chance to go hands-on with Halo 5's multiplayer well before release. We've seen the briefest of teases, and Microsoft promises more info is on the way, but the real test will be getting our hands on the game.
What do you think of these four Halo 5 armor options? What armor variation has been your favorite?
Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases November 11, 2014 for Xbox One.