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Halo 5: Guardians beta to run for 3 weeks starting December 27

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If you are a Halo fan and own an Xbox One, the holiday season of 2014 will be very merry indeed. Microsoft has confirmed that the beta test for the Xbox One exclusive first person shooter Halo 5: Guardians will officially begin on December 27.

The beta will last for about three weeks, according to Microsoft's 343 Industries leader Bonnie Ross, and will end January 17, 2015. Specifics about what content will be included in the beta have yet to be announced, although we would think that some kind of multiplayer gameplay modes would be involved. The full version of Halo 5: Guardians will be released later in 2015.

The only way to access the Halo 5: Guardians beta test, at least at the moment, is by purchasing Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One. It's due for release on November 11 and it will contain all of the content of Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4. It will also have the graphically enhanced version of Halo: Anniversary, previously released for the Xbox 360, and the all new Halo 2: Anniversary which will get its own visual improvements.

We are also still learning more about the new Halo game collection. 343 Industries Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor has confirmed that Forge Mode, which allowed players to create new structures inside empty multiplayer maps in Halo 3 and 4, will be a part of the Master Chief Collection. It will also support saved films in Halo 3 and 4 as well, and will be added for the first time to Halo 2.

Microsoft is still discussing how they will allow players to store and share screenshots, videos and Forge creations from the new Halo collection, although O'Connor did state, "We're going to have it. It's just a matter of deciding where it goes. We're still evaluating."

Source: Joystiq

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Halo 5: Guardians beta to run for 3 weeks starting December 27

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Halo, for many, is the most enjoyable Microsoft product and it is solely responsible for keeping microsoft's name alive with the current generation, imo

Blah, what they should include with this package is all the other books, movies, baseball cards, secret codes one needs to get the complete story. I think it's shitty to not tell the entire story in games. 

Seriously... The entire story.... Of halo.... In the game itself!?? Dude you clearly have no idea how vast and deep the halo universe is!

They didn't receive the "anniversary treatment" like CE and now 2 got. So it won't be as pretty, but they are all receiving bumps to 1080p and 60fps. So they will look nicer.

This collection could have been a killer on the PC, but it looks like Microsoft doesn't care about PC gaming at all. Then Valve releases their Steam Machine and Microsoft will be forced to fight another war with the odds against them.

What would it take for these games to be played online cross platform? It would be awesome to play against 360, PS4 (I know Halo is not on Playstation - just for illustration), PC etc.

Pricing was confirmed for the Xbox one by microsoft here in South Africa and my worst fears came true... R6300 (+- $600) for the kinectless version and R7999 (+- $760) for the console with kinect :( I'm sorry but they might as well not bother shipping it here! No one will buy it at that price almost a year after release when the PS4 retails for around $500 here since launch! So disappointing! Was sure I was getting it after the master chief collection announcement but now I feel like its not worth it till the price drops...by alot! :(

100 MP maps, Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4 remastered, a TV series and a beta code for 60 bucks. This is the best deal in gaming history:)

I wonder what new badass things rooster teeth will so with Red vs Blue once halo 5 is available to them.. That is, if they are still doing the show at that time.

I'd really like to know of you can access the beta when you buy the digital version! There's no word about that at all :/