EW recently had the chance to check out an early version of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, shooting fellow journalists for a few hours of frantic eight-player mayhem. The beta will run for three weeks, starting December 29, and is accessible to everyone who purchases Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is out today. It’s quite an early look at the Xbox One’s next Halo game, which has an unspecified 2015 release date (though based on the franchise’s history, it will likely launch sometime in early November).
We got to test out three maps: Truth, which is yet another remake of Halo 2’s popular Midship, and two brand new maps. Empire is a larger, labyrinthine map with lots of nooks and crannies, and Crossfire is a small symmetrical map designed for the game’s new mode, Breakout (more on that later). The beta will feature seven maps total and three game modes, with new content added each week based partly on community voting. While the core feeling of the classic FPS remains largely the same, here are five things we learned—and some of the big differences we noticed—that will change the way you play Halo. READ FULL STORY