Halo 5: Guardians may not be officially arriving until 2015, but thanks to the massive Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle, die-hard fans won’t have to wait until next year to get a taste of the first original new-gen Halo experience. Players won’t be able to jump into the early access action until this winter, but thanks to the Xbox E3 2014 presentation, we’ve got a teaser trailer for the beta to get fans pumped up.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is set for release on November 11, 2014 and the included multiplayer beta access to Halo 5: Guardians will follow about a month later. If Halo 5 follows in the franchise’s usual release schedule formula, that means players will have access to parts of the gameplay experience nearly a full year before Guardians officially releases in Fall 2015. Like the rest of the components in the Master Chief Collection, the beta will run on dedicated servers for an optimized testing experience.
The cinematic teaser trailer doesn’t offer too much information, just a bunch of red and blue Spartans charging towards each other and getting ready to battle. Details are still sparse at this point, but the E3 presentation did mention that Halo 5 will introduce new multiplayer modes and other never-before-offered features. It seems like a safe bet that we’ll see all the usual multiplayer modes make an appearance (Slayer, Capture the Flag, Dominion), but 343 is holding back details on the new additions until we get a little closer to the beta’s launch.
Although players will have access to the original four Master Chief titles for a full month before the beta begins, there may be a slight concern that so much content is included in the core of the Master Chief Collection that many players won’t have time for the beta. We imagine if anything it will be the other way around. Nostalgic Halo fans will definitely want to rack up some serious hours in Halo 2 online matches and everyone is excited to play Halo: Combat Evolved online for the first time, but at the end of day it seems like the majority of gamers will be most attracted to hands-on experience with a yet to be released game.
If we learned anything from the massive turnout to the Titanfall beta weekends, it’s that gamers love some early access. We expect to see the Halo community out in full-force during the first few weeks of beta access to give those servers a serious stress test. We’ll be interested to see how much the Halo 2 online servers die down once the Guardians beta kicks off.
More details about the beta and the rest of Halo 5: Guardians will arrive as we approach the release date of the Master Chief Collection. Check back for updates.
Do you plan to get a lot of use out of the Halo 5 beta access or do you think you’ll be too busy playing the newly-polished Halo 2 multiplayer maps? Let us know in the comments.
Halo 5: Guardians beta access begins December 2014.
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