Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta Gets Six-Part Video Series, First Episode Airs Tonight

"The Sprint" will chronicle 343's efforts to create the upcoming Xbox One multiplayer beta.

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Microsoft and 343 Industries today announced a brand-new Halo 5: Guardians video series that will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the studio created the game's upcoming multiplayer beta, which begins December 29 on Xbox One for people who bought The Master Chief Collection.

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The six-part series, called "The Sprint--Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta," will debut tonight at 4 PM Eastern / 7 PM Pacific through the Halo Channel. You can watch a teaser for the series above.

New episodes will air every day at 4 PM Eastern until December 23, leading up to the beta's release on December 29. The Halo 5 multiplayer beta will be available for people who bought The Master Chief Collection. It's unclear if there will be other ways to get in.

You can see a programming schedule below, with descriptions courtesy of Microsoft.

Episode 1: Balance (Thursday, December 18)

  • The 343 Industries pro team gives their final feedback on "Truth," an homage to the Halo 2 map "Midship," which will be included in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

Episode 2: Give & Take (Friday, December 19)

  • The art team discovers that some of the ideas they have don't quite meld with the layout set forth by the level designers. With time running out, what compromises must be made?

Episode 3: Prophets (Saturday, December 20)

  • With the map "Truth" well on its way to completion, the art team must shift their focus to the remix map "Regret," which presents a massive undertaking in and of itself. Will there be enough time to finish it before the deadline?

Episode 4: Breakout (Sunday, December 21)

  • The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer design team invites Halo pros to the studio to offer feedback that could shape the future of the competitive experience.

Episode 5: Shutdown (Monday, December 22)

  • The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer design team buckles down to make sure every detail of the upcoming Multiplayer Beta is firing on all cylinders.

Episode 6: Gold (Tuesday, December 23)

  • The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer design team begins to wrap up production on the public beta... but not before getting a little friendly competition in to celebrate another milestone.

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