Xbox published several details regarding the start of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta as well as pre-order details on Sunday. Halo 5: Guardians picks up where Halo 4 left off, with players continuing the saga of the series by taking on the role of a brand new character, Spartan Locke, who is tasked with tracking down the hero of the series from the previous titles.
Gamers who purchased The Master Chief Collection have access to the Halo 5: Guardians mulitplayer beta until January 15th of 2015. The beta focuses on what Xbox refers to as arena mutliplayer; a 4 on 4 competitive showdown between players. While players will currently only be playing this 4 vs 4 arena mode , Xbox confirmed the final release of the game will include a multitude of modes for players to enjoy. They promise the final release in Fall 2015 will be chalked full of modes, maps, and Spartan abilities to entice the most hardened of Halo veterans.
For the rest of us peasants that did not buy The Master Chief Collection, Xbox promised a warm seat on the sidelines by providing constant updates on the progress of the game.
Xbox also announced pre-order options and bonuses for those that go above and beyond in Halo dedication. These pre-order options include:
Standard Edition Pre-Order ($59.99) – Includes the game, as well as an exclusive game poster (Limited by supply at participating retailers)
Limited Edition ($99.99) – Everything in the Standard Edition plus new digital content to enhance Spartan combat and exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book. Available at participating retailers while supplies last.
Limited Collector’s Edition ($249.99) – Everything in the Limited Edition as well as additional content such as a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. More details on the design to be shared at a later date. Available at participating retailers while supplies last.
The final release of the game is slotted for release in the Fall of 2015.
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