E3 2014: Halo 5: Guardians Beta Starts In December

[UPDATE] Beta officially begins December 27.

[UPDATE] 343 Industries' Bonnie Ross tells Joystiq that the Halo 5: Guardians beta on Xbox One will begin December 27.

The original story is below.

The multiplayer beta for the upcoming Xbox One first-person shooter Halo 5: Guardians will begin in December, Microsoft announced today during its E3 press conference. You can secure a place in the beta by picking up a copy of the upcoming The Master Chief Collection, available November 11 for the Xbox One.

Halo 5: Guardians launches in 2015 for the Xbox One. As Microsoft announced previously, the game runs in 1080p at 60fps, and its multiplayer will be powered by dedicated servers.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Hmm, makes me glad I made the choice to pre-order the collection before I got home from work.

arcangel071
arcangel071

Anyone else notice the Arbiter in his visors reflection at the end?

ultimatecaissie
ultimatecaissie

So are we hunting master chief , looking for master chief , or becoming allies for master chief , is this guy gonna be a hidden ally . Or just some , mercenary . I DONT GET IT ANYMORE . This story is becoming too intense .

omar_q
omar_q

Please make the multiplayer akin to the original trilogy and not that loadout/armor ability garbage it has become. 

oflow
oflow

Halo will kill Destiny its that serious.The Halo story is better makes Destiny look generic.

lordinuyasha21
lordinuyasha21

Just think about this, Halo 2 will have FORGE.....Let that sink in. XD

stevhall88
stevhall88

Halo has always been an okay game, but IMHO it is mainly played by 8-15 year old kids I would say well over 50 percent and then 25 percent stoners and the rest are adults. So I have never seen Halo as a must have and I don't think I ever will. And I am not a Sony fan boy either so don't start spamming it.

mdign
mdign

 Sold both of my PS4s for this. Never looked back.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Got mine pre ordered cant wait for the collection and the beta.Damn microsoft just dominated this year E3 best E3 since 05

tommynj
tommynj

Got my pre-order in already. Can't wait...

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

if Halo 5 really runs at 1080p and 60fps, then it really has high chances of being epical (well of cours, if the rest is great too.. the base is set with 1080/60..)

but then the Areas could be kind of "small" or the archtectures "simple-ish".. resp. they might feel like Levels, you'd have on the 360....,  well maybe not using Kinect, will help, so they can use more 10% more GPU... 

eitherway 1080p and 60fps the way to go... (and they did great visual job on Halo 4, so we're confident.., just hope they beef up the rest of the game too...)

punishergreen
punishergreen

Hell yes! All that comes with The Master Chief Collection is worth the $60 price tag. Will be a day one purchase!

carl_mendez
carl_mendez

@oflow you are comparing 2 completely different games sure they are scifi themed other than that they are completely different im a halo fan i have been since the first halo but im pretty sure you are upset that bungie is making a game for Sony i personally had been a Microsoft fan boy but now i have all sides of the market PC Xbox PlayStation and Nintendo which i rarely use the garbage Nintendo puts out i can safely say though i will participate in Destiny beta but im not buying any other halo games as the story of mastercheif is getting old.


destinys story will be a fresh take on the scifi shooter and also the mmo scene. now though its time for the rant of why you are stupid for saying this but i honestly wont as its your opinion and i respect that.


but  i will say PC MASTER RACE!!!!!!! jk

jayjay444
jayjay444

@freedomzealot Halo 2 completely remade with another 3 Halo games also upgraded to 1080p/60fps and on top of that 100+ MP maps? so your saying 4 Halo games 1,2 taking about 10-15 hours each on their own then Halo 3 about 7-8 hours and Halo 4 5-6 hours isn't worth the money not even including MP or forge? and by the way their adding in forge for Halo 2 MP you mad lol your not a Halo fan if you think it's not worth it go back to PS4s rubbish E3 pages. 

jayjay444
jayjay444

@lordinuyasha21 Yup I looked at youtube videos last night confirming it a dream come true, I hope they add in forge world to sweeten the deal but that might be asking for to much already considering the amazing content in that disk. 

UnstoppableKARL
UnstoppableKARL

@lordinuyasha21 Yup.  Good times are ahead in a few months!  Can't wait to 4-shot BR fools across Ivory Tower again...in 1080p 60fps!!!

jayjay444
jayjay444

@stevhall88 How wrong you are the reason Halo has been falling behind since Halo 3 is because most of the players are old and don't bother with games competitively anymore, me and pretty much all my mates play Halo and all our kids combined hate Halo, Halo is loved by mainly people who played it back in 2001 and 2004. (Halo 1 and 2)

mdign
mdign

@stevhall88 , what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no likes, and may God have mercy on your soul.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@mdign Man dont blame you one bit after seeing this E3 from microsoft and then no exlcusives for the PS4 this holiday.Then on top of that sony is going bankrupt next year.To be honest you got off of a sinking ship

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

@ninboxstation Man. This is just sad. Lets forget about gameplay and worry about the resolution... 

oflow
oflow

@jayjay444 Hellz ya.  If you are old enough to remember the original Xbox, this is like one of the greatest releases of all-time.  They are remastering the entire series with dedicated servers and easy navigation to any map as well as adding a brand new next gen game for $60?!

Thats f'n awesome.  


stevhall88
stevhall88

@mdign every time i play I have a little kid screaming in his mic, or ignorant people like you who take things personally and rage over something like grenade spamming.

carl_mendez
carl_mendez

@smackdowner360 @mdign where did you hear that sony is going bankrupt!?!?!?!?! microsofts e3 conference was crap compared to sonys

RexZShadow
RexZShadow

@Spartan_418 @ninboxstation Because there will be litteraly nothing new. If you haven't notice shooter stop adding in any new mechanics since Cod4 and like Halo 2. They just been updating graphics and guns and basically selling a mmo because the singler player is also becoming non existant.

carl_mendez
carl_mendez

@eternity888 @carl_mendez @oflow im assuming that u think destiny is just a scifi fps well your wrong as destiny is a mmorpg scifi fps with character customization and im pretty sure you just saw a trailer of destiny and are assuming that its just like halo well if you were to buy destiny you will be disappointed do some more research before posting a reply that states no reasons why you think that 


yes there are a similarity between them but they are small

mdign
mdign

@stevhall88 @mdign lol I'm ignorant and the main reason you don't like Halo is because of people that play online? You said nothing about gameplay or the story and you don't consider your comment ignorant? 

jayjay444
jayjay444

@stevhall88 @mdign The person saying it's full of kids is the ignorant one I think you need to play Halo again mate and not Halo 2 from almost 10 years ago. 

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@carl_mendez Sony's conference was awful all multiplatform games and no exclusives at all for the holidays very sad.Also sony is the one talking about going bankrupt.The whole company is in trouble this past quarter ending march 31 they lost 1.2 billion and $200 million was from the playstation division which has lost over 6 billion since 2006

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@RexZShadow assuming you know everything about a game, when barely any real details are known, is highly illogical.

assumptions =/= concrete facts

eternity888
eternity888

@carl_mendez im assuming that u think wrong abt what im thinking,besides Destiny's gameplay and the ADS on the weapons are like COD and looks like HALO in terms of visuals (ARTS,MAPS....) and im not looking for HALO in Destiny and i know what im looking for so dnt talk just to talk without knowing the reasons

stevhall88
stevhall88

@mdign @stevhall88 No its simply my opinion about the game genius. You are the one rambling calling my opinion idiotic. Just because you might be one of the adults that do play this game doesn't mean you have to be offended that I feel Halo games are comprised of mainly children or teenage stoners.

carl_mendez
carl_mendez

@smackdowner360 Sony never said that i saw a couple articles this year that were just speculation and sony never said that they were. just another Microsoft fan boy wanting sony to go out of business i am not aligned with one company but really do some homework on the whole sony bankrupt thing i own xbox pc playstation and nintendo products but seriously sony isnt going bankrupt

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@stevhall88 @mdign Most Halo fans are in their mid-twenties by now, because we grew up playing Halo CE and Halo 2 in our teenage years.  If you let some screaming kids make you think the game is mostly played by kids, then you're just not very smart.

mdign
mdign

@stevhall88 @mdign ...listen to yourself. You have no statistics or data that states Halo being comprised of "50% kids". Where are you getting this info? I've only run into 50 or so matches, out of thousands of matches I've played, where anyone is using their mic and only about 5-10 of them were kids.

If you want kids play CoD.

stevhall88
stevhall88

@mdign @stevhall88 you obviously do not know how to read because you would see the word, IMHO, before I say that and in case you do not know what this means. It means "in my honest opinion". So if you don't like it, oh well rant and rave all you want. I may be wrong but I still think I am right.