For Halo 5, developer 343 Industries is looking to return to the game series’ multiplayer roots. Seven small, enclosed maps tailored to 4v4 combat are included with the beta. The trailer gives us a quick look at a couple of potential ones, including a remake of Halo 2’s Heretic.
The studio continues to stress that this is a classic Halo experience by enforcing “fair starts,” a system identical to that of the first three Halo games in which each player spawns with the same weapons and armor capabilities with no load-outs. The multiplayer games feature increased focus on controlling weapons on the map as well as the map itself.
In addition, the beta will feature three game variants, eleven weapons, and seven customizable armor sets.
Running at 60 frames per second and featuring dedicated servers, the beta seeks to appease both newcomers and the most hardcore of Halo fans while still giving 343 necessary information on improving the title. The trailer also dedicates some time to discussing Halo Channel, an evolution of Halo Waypoint.
The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta will run from December 29 to January 18 and is available for those who buy the Master Chief Collection. The full game is scheduled to release in 2015.
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