Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta

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A promotional image for the beta

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta also known as the Halo 5: Guardians Arena Multiplayer Beta was a phase in the development of Halo 5: Guardians, produced by 343 Industries and organized by Microsoft. Purchasing Halo: The Master Chief Collection gave players access to the beta,[1] which was made available on December 29, 2014[2] and ended on January 18, 2015.[3] It was first revealed with a teaser trailer shown at Microsoft's E3 2014 media briefing.

The focus of the beta was on small maps with 4v4 arena gameplay. A notable difference to Halo 4 was the absence of custom loadouts; every player started with identical equipment.[3] A notable addition in the beta were the new Spartan abilities, which will replace the armor abilities from the previous games in Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries described the beta as traditional in that it would be used for the intended purpose of beta testing and gathering feedback for a game still in progress, as opposed to merely showcasing a largely finished product for marketing reasons.[4]

Included features[edit]

The beta featured eight maps, three game modes, eleven weapons and thirteen sets of armor.[3] The beta also allowed users to offer feedback on things like power weapons, maps, and game modes in the Halo Channel.[5]



  • Despite appearing in multiple promotional images and screenshots for the beta, the Technician armor was not available in the beta.



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