Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Kicks Off Today, Pre-Order Details Announced

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Halo 5: Guardians‘ multiplayer beta has officially kicked off on Xbox One for all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and users that were invited via Xbox’s Preview program earlier this month.

Fans will have three weeks to get in on the action, ending on January 18, each week bringing something new to the table in terms of content. This week, developer 343 Industries is featuring the classic 4v4 Slayer game mode on two maps, “Empire” and a reimagining of the classic Halo 2 map, “Midship”, called “Truth”. Every match starts on an even playing field with Assault Rifles, Pistols, and Grenades only, along with an assortment of new Spartan Abilities, like the ones listed below:

Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Beta Spartan Abilities

In total, the beta will offer three game modes across seven different maps with a few new weapons here and there.

In a new update on Xbox Wire, details on Halo 5’s story were also shared in a small blurb about the upcoming shooter, reaffirming that Master Chief will remain the central character

Halo 5: Guardians continues the story of the Master Chief, and introduces a brand new central character to the Halo universe – Spartan Locke. Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.”

The posting also announced three editions of Halo 5 that players pre-order, starting today — The Standard Edition, Limited Edition, and Limited Collector’s Edition.

  • Standard Edition for $59.99 – “Halo 5: Guardians plus an exclusive poster1, only available to those who pre-order.”
  • Limited Edition for $99.99 – “Everything in the Standard Edition plus new digital content to enhance Spartan combat and exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book.”
  • Limited Collector’s Edition for $249.99 – “Everything in the Limited Edition as well as additional content such as a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. More details on the design to be shared at a later date.”

As the description reads, it sounds like we’ll have to hang tight for more details on the items offered in the Limited and Limited Collector’s Editions. Keep your sights on MP1st for updates.

Hop on the beta, get some games in, and let us know what you think in the comments!