Although 343 Industries is not delivering Halo 5 this year like we initially thought they were, they are giving fans an early look at the game through a multiplayer beta. The Halo 5: Guardians Beta is slated to run during December, and will reportedly be exclusive to owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
But, for those who may not be interested in the Master Chief Collection, there is still a way to get an early look at Halo 5‘s multiplayer. As just announced, Microsoft will be streaming an early look at the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer as part of a live broadcast on November 10th.
Microsoft is calling the event HaloFest, and it is meant to celebrate all things Halo prior to the launch of the Master Chief Collection on November 11th. During HaloFest, fans will not only get early looks at Halo 5: Guardians but Microsoft will also debut the Halo: Nightfall digital series. Nightfall, for those who might not know, is supposed to set up the story of Halo 5 by introducing players to the character of Agent Locke.
Locke has been quite the contentious topic in the Halo-verse as of late, with debates raging over whether or not he will be taking a significant chunk of the spotlight away from Master Chief. Thankfully 343 was quick to come forward and assuage fans fears, while still touting Locke’s importance to this new chapter in the Halo saga.
For those looking to tune in, the HaloFest event will begin at 8PM PST on November 10th and will stream live on Xbox.com and Twitch.tv/Halo. There, gamers can see developer interviews (presumably for Master Chief Collection), the multiplayer footage for Halo 5, and the first episode of Halo: Nightfall. If ever there was a night for Halo fans, this would be it.
Additionally, Microsoft will host a Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer tournament in the days leading up to HaloFest. The tournament will play host to the top 32 Halo 2 players in the country, who will compete for prizes worth $50,000.
What are you more intrigued by: Halo 5 multiplayer footage or the first episode of Halo: Nightfall? How do you think you would stack up in a Halo 2 tournament?
Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases November 11, 2014 for Xbox One.