Halo 5 Beta Is a "Real" Beta

Franchise development director Frank O'Connor says upcoming beta is not just a simple network test.

The upcoming Halo 5: Guardians beta for Xbox One is a "real" beta that will help developer 343 Industries craft a better experience overall, according to Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor. In an interview with Eurogamer, O'Connor said 343 Industries hopes to glean important data from the pre-release trial so the studio can implement "meaningful" changes to the final product.

"We'll be adding a lot of new things in Halo 5, but we want to talk to classic Halo fans about what makes a great Halo experience, and we think we're going to get a lot of good data from them," O'Connor said. "And it's a real beta. Sometimes a beta is maybe a good way to test performance on your network. We'll be looking at every single aspect of how people play this, and we have a lot of time to actually take meaningful feedback."

The Halo 5: Guardians beta, O'Connor stressed, is much more than a simple test to make sure Microsoft's servers won't crumble on launch day. "We're trying to mine it for all the data we can get," he said. "Not just network data or performance data. It's like, how are people playing? How are they adapting to the new features? How are they dealing with new weapons? There will be a huge amount of data for us to look at."

The Halo 5: Guardians beta kicks off December 27, and you can get in by picking up a copy of this year's Halo: Master Chief Collection, which includes 1080p/60fps versions of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 in a $60 package. Halo 5 launches in the fall of 2015 exclusively for Xbox One.

At E3 last week, we learned that the mysterious Spartan featured in the key art for Halo 5: Guardians (above) is a soldier named Agent Locke. We'll learn more about his origin story in the upcoming live-action digital series Halo: Nightfall from Alien director Ridley Scott, which is separate from the Halo TV show produced by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. The first episode will debut around the release of the Halo: Master Chief Collection on November 11, but we'll get a sneak peak at the content during Comic-Con in July, 343 Industries developers told Eurogamer.

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Xmus942
Xmus942

Another contender for game of the year 2015. So many good games that year damn. Gonna be some stiff competition.

wizardnor
wizardnor

shame no halo 5 for PC. I'll keep playing halo 1&2 for PC. MS. not getting my money.

yes I have NO! xbox of any kind. I'll buy a new PC. with windows 7 first.

Vienreich
Vienreich

Indie releases like this rarely sells any good.

chippiez
chippiez

I FüCKING LOVE HALO!!!  HALO IS GODS GIFT TO HIMSELF!  HATERS CAN DIE!


HALO 4 WAS AWESOME TOO< YOU DAMNED HIPSTERS!

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

This is awesome. Hopefully they listen to all the feedback and together the devs and fans can create the perfect Halo game.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Sounds good. Halo 4 was a huge disappointment for me. I beat every other Halo game on every difficulty and got most of the achievements but I could only stomach 1 play through of Halo 4. And that was only because I forced myself to finish it as I payed $60+ for it. It was bad.


Can't wait for Halo MCC. Looking forward to playing some de-COD-ified Halo MP.

soldierofAthens
soldierofAthens

Glad that there will be a beta for Halo 5 because, well there wasn't one for Halo 4 and that was a huge mistake that cost it when It came out.


Considering Halo 4's gameplay mechanics I have to compare it to Bungie's Halo Reach which was in my opinion a better balanced multiplayer setup than Halo 4's. While yes Halo Reach did have loadout's the loadout's were limited and sprint was an addition to the loadout system that balanced the others quite well. Like if you choose the sprint loadout over the jetpack than your sacrificing Air mobility for faster ground mobility. Basically, the sprint loadout is good for Assassinations and getting out of fire fight's so that you can charge your shields.

rasterror
rasterror

Sweet! I can't wait to get into the beta. I'm dying to get the collection. Good times a coming.

lorider25
lorider25

that guy on top doesn't look as good as master chief if he's a hero.


But as a evil rival of master chief it looks fine.

chcolate554
chcolate554

Shots fired at the upcoming Destiny beta or nah?

TVPaulD
TVPaulD

"And it's a real beta". What does that even mean? Beta is just an arbitrary term for a software test at an equally arbitrarily decided stage of development. Individual developers decide what constitutes a Beta test for their own purposes.

rjh_24
rjh_24

wait you have to buy something to be apart of the beta? i guess thats a real beta hahah

BJCentral
BJCentral

Like the famous Homer Simpson whould shout "wohoooooo".I can't wait.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

LOL something about that sounds funny.  Oh it's real beta alright. 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

If they only listen to their hardcore fans then they will probably ruin the game.

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

Get rid of armor abilities, armor mods and load outs..Get that COD out of my Halo. I don't like to mix my Chocolate with Dog crap. 

kslayer112
kslayer112

@wizardnor Halo has never been on the PC and it never will be. Why do you ignorant PC gamers believe that? It's not coming. Also, MS doesn't care if they don't get your money. They're filthy rich and you're just a middle class peasant. You're the only one losing here. Because the real Halo fans will buy Halo 5 and we will love it.

Peugeot_Rocket
Peugeot_Rocket

@bdrtfm 

I totally feel you. I'm a big Halo fan. I've even listened to a few of the audio books. It was very interesting playing Reach for the first time after already having heard the whole book. For some reason though, I had a hard time getting into 4. My friend and I were co-oping it on Live but we only played a few hours and haven't gone back in over three months. 


I think part of the issue is the controls just felt so floaty. Am I the only one who noticed that?


I'm totally picking up the MCC though. I'd really like to marathon through the series. I'll probably have to replay ODST too. I actually really liked that one.

kwijeebou
kwijeebou

@chcolate554 Possibly. Shots fired at betas like the Battlefield betas that happen one month before game release. These betas are done at a time when the developer can't really change anything, so they're only done to test if their servers can hold all the people. I don't think Destiny will be able to change much based on beta testing.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

@TVPaulD I think they mean that, rather than being a server testing ground, the beta will allow users to have a meaningful impact on the final product.

rjh_24
rjh_24

what if you have already played the last halos and you dont go back and play old games and want to see what the new game is like? any way of playing the beta besides buying old games?

unreal849
unreal849

@spartanx169x  The hardcore nature is nice in theory, but in practice it's why Halo games are neglected while COD thrives.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Armor Abilities are not taken from CoD.

Halo 3 included Equipment (bubble shield, power drain, etc) before CoD added anything similar

Vienreich
Vienreich

@kslayer112 you seem a bit retarded. This is one of the dumbest comments I've read in a while. You are truly a Halo fan

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

@rjh_24 You do the same thing you do when you buy any other game that has ever been released in the history of the universe like a normal human being.

zandrxi
zandrxi

@rjh_24 buy a code from someone  people will sell them 


rjh_24
rjh_24

@origkillmachine @rjh_24 just played the destiny beta without having to pay or preorder anything so i guess history of the universe has changed

rjh_24
rjh_24

@zandrxi @rjh_24 yea im not tryin to buy something to try a game out that i may or may not like 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@origkillmachine @Rayzakk @arrow2thekneeXD I certainly am, but are you saying he won't?  He'll gobble it up with a spoon. 

legendofzub
legendofzub

@rjh_24 @fiasco86 "just thought by now betas should be free." It's still a game.  You're paying for a game.  Betas are rarely free and generally include the full game at launch.  If you had said "by now betas should include the finished product" then sure, but betas are released to provide feedback and support for the company making the game.

rjh_24
rjh_24

sry the alpha lol same thing tho

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Alpha & Beta are NOT the same thing.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

@rjh_24 I played it too, and while it's nice to have open Alphas, you and I both know that it is the exception to the rule. Maybe Halo 5 will have an open beta, but if you expect them to then you are setting yourself up for dissapointment. Some games need to be rented, observed, bought, demoed, beta'd, or ignored. It's all situational.


Personally, I'll be playing the hell out of the H5 beta.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@origkillmachine @Rayzakk Well I do hate everything/one. 

rjh_24
rjh_24

@origkillmachine @rjh_24 thats my point im dissapointed i was just basicly saying let the beta be for free so i can see if i like im not tryin to start an argument 

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

@rjh_24 @origkillmachine Yeah no worries I get it. But I think that if you have an X1 and don't plan on getting the MCC that you might be certifiably insane. Just throwin that out there :)

rjh_24
rjh_24

@origkillmachine @rjh_24 i just dont like playing games ive already played theres always enough games to play since i dont have too much free time neways ya know of course down the line when theres a game drought ill def pick it up

kingkoopa009
kingkoopa009

@rjh_24 @origkillmachine yea same here but dedicated hub of over 100 halo mp maps is hard to pass up, i see a lot of people playing this online, i can care less of the story mode remastered i just wanna shoot halo but across every mp map