Gamescom 2014: 343 Reveals New Halo 5: Guardians Beta Details

It’s actually kind of shocking that the Halo 5: Guardians Beta, launching alongside Halo: Master Chief Collection, isn’t receiving more press. It’s insane to think that we’re going to be playing the next Halo game in under three months, yet no one is talking about it.

During Microsoft’s Gamescom 2014 press conference, we learned a number of new details about the Halo 5: Guardians Beta. Featuring seven maps, three game modes, and eleven sandbox weapons, this is going to be one of the most extensive console betas in memory. Perhaps 343 saw the reception that the massive Destiny Beta was getting and altered their plans as a result. 343 is looking to get back to the roots of the Halo series, with arena multiplayer being its focus. Matches will be 4 v. 4 with guns┬áplaced in specific spots around the map, forcing players to take weapon control into account. Most notably, every player will start out with the same weapon set, meaning that the troublesome trend of Halo games featuring a class system is over. Finally, some rewards earned during the Beta will carry over to the full game when it is eventually released.

The Halo 5: Guardians Beta will launch exclusively on Xbox One on November 11th alongside the release of Halo: Master Chief Collection.