The Halo 5: Guardians beta hasn’t yet arrived, but that doesn’t mean users have to wait until it launches to see every nook and cranny of its maps or study its play mechanics. An attendee of last month’s Halo Fest has posted an epic ton of Halo 5: Guardians beta footage.
Ready Up Live posted what it’s describing as “exclusive” Halo 5: Guardians beta footage to its YouTube profile just yesterday. Forget small clips and simple action scenes, the video lasts just under an hour and includes a lot of what Halo 5: Guardians beta players can expect when it finally arrives.
Three different maps are shown in the hour-long video: Empire, Crossfire and Truth. The gameplay itself spans just two modes, Slayer – the Halo world’s equivalent of death match – and Breakout. In addition to making this hour-long video available there are individual videos for every map too. Those videos include commentary, but the original video doesn’t.
Many of the Halo 5: Guardians weapons are shown in the video like the pistol, sniper rifle, which the video’s producer makes great use of, and the upgraded battle rifle. It also provides a decent look at the game’s visuals.
Microsoft first revealed Halo 5: Guardians vaguely in 2013. It wasn’t until this year that we got some crucial information about the upcoming Xbox One game. When it arrives in 2014 Halo 5: Guardians will have a new graphics engine and a ton of new mechanics. The game will run at 60 frames per second, Microsoft said in May. That’s a more nuanced way of saying Microsoft hopes to make this game the best looking Halo title there has ever been. Additionally, dedicated servers will help players connect to each other for multiplayer faster and more reliably.
Every Halo 5: Guardians Spartan has the ability to run. Additionally, there are some new armor abilities for users. Thruster packs will allow users to move anywhere quickly. Ground Pound will allow users to jump in the air and punch the ground to take out any and everything near them. Clamber will allow players to climb ledges. Spartan Charge and Slide are among the new Spartan Abilities too. Like past Halo 4 and Halo Reach, leveling up in the multiplayer experience gives users new helmets and gear.
Halo 5: Guardians is going to be Microsoft’s first, new first person shooter game in the Halo franchise to make it to the Xbox One. This past November Microsoft revealed Halo: The Master Chief Collection and earlier this year Halo: Spartan Assault arrived. Spartan Assault was a top down shooter and The Master Chief Collection was simply a refresh of the Halo games from the Xbox 360 and original Xbox console. Halo 5: Guardian is able to hit 60 frames per second because it has a new engine that’s been specifically designed for the Xbox One.
Microsoft has already confirmed that Halo 5: Guardians will arrive on store shelves and the Xbox Store in the fall of 2015. The Halo 5: Guardians beta that it’s running is meant to act as a test for the different systems and play mechanics that are going into the final game. Developer 343 Industries hopes that the beta will kick start an ongoing dialogue between it and the Halo community. Should that happen, perhaps Halo 5: Guardians will be as well received as past versions of Halo were.
The Halo 5: Guardians beta starts on December 29th and will run until January 18th. At this point it doesn’t look like Microsoft and 343 Industries have plans to run another beta after that. Only those who purchase a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be able to participate in the Halo 5: Guardians beta.