Microsoft Corp. this week the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will launch next week.
The Multiplayer Beta will run between Dec. 29, 2014 and Jan. 18, 2015. It will feature 4 vs. 4 combat in seven maps and three game types.
Customers who purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection will receive access to the Multiplayer Beta.
Halo 5: Guardians is the next installment of the franchise to include Master Chief.
It is said to be larger than Halo 4, run at a 60 frames-per-second graphics fidelity, and feature dedicated servers.
The Xbox One standard hardware sells at $399.00.