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The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta was a milestone during the development of Halo 5: Guardians. It took place from December 29, 2014 to January 18, 2015, and was downloadable through Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[1][2]

The beta consisted only of a sampling of Arena gameplay, which itself is said to only be a portion of the full Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer experience. Arena focuses on close teamwork in 4 vs. 4 gameplay, featuring playlist ranks, map spawns for weapons, and equal starts (meaning no loadouts[2]). The beta allowed players to try out the all-new Spartan Abilities for the first time. These abilities are base player mechanics akin to boarding or melee, and include Sprint, Clamber, Charge, Thruster Pack, Ground Pound, Smart Scope, and Slide.[3][4][5] Players that participated in the beta were given a profile picture, a downloadable banner, a Mark-VI [Gen 1] and a Helioskrill poster with the player's username as a "thank you" from 343 Industries.[citation needed]



Players in the beta could fight on seven maps, each optimized for eight player Arena battle.[2]


Three different gametypes appeared in the beta. One is returning while the other two are new.[2]


The beta included eleven usable weapons.[2]

Armor SetsEdit

The beta included several sets of wearable Spartan armor.[2]


  • 343 Industries has placed the beta long before the game's release to allow for legitimate concerns to be addressed, such as weapon tuning and movement speed, and also to gauge player reaction to newly-introduced game mechanics.[11]
  • Some content unlocked in the multiplayer beta will carry over into the final game.[2]


E3 2014 AnnouncementEdit

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Trailer
Halo 5 Guardians -- E3 2014 "Multiplayer Beta" Trailer00:59

Halo 5 Guardians -- E3 2014 "Multiplayer Beta" Trailer

First LookEdit

Halo 5 Guardians - Beta First Look02:46

Halo 5 Guardians - Beta First Look

MP Beta TrailerEdit


Multiplayer Beta TrailerEdit



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