Microsoft Corp. this week previewed Week 1 of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

Week 1 includes the map Truth, an homage to the Halo 2 map Midship, and Empire, a symmetrical urban map that features dueling snipers and a defensible tower.

In addition, the Multiplayer Beta includes a spectator mode.

The Multiplayer Beta will run through 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 BHalo 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.

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