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Halo 5's multiplayer beta has received major update today. Testers can now try out new maps as well as a never-before-seen game mode.
The new mode, called Breakout, has never appeared in a Halo game before. This no-respawn mode has a simple structure. Two teams of four are dropped into the map and must eliminate each other. The round ends when an entire team is eliminated. The first team to win five rounds will be crowned the victor of the match.
Breakout is playable on a new map called Crossfire. Crossfire is set in a UNSC training arena orbiting above a planet. Players can also access Trench, a variation on Crossfire with a different layout of obstacles.
"There will also be two new maps swapped into the Slayer playlist: Regret and Eden," 343 Industries announced on Halo Waypoint. "Regret is a remix of Truth, and Eden is a remix of Empire, both of which were included in week 1."
"Additionally, you voted, and we answered: You’ll be able to wield the Hydra MLRS, a brand-new weapon to the Halo universe, while slaying on Regret."
During Slayer maps, you'll also notice a big change. Players will now start out the match with battle rifles.
The Halo 5 multiplayer beta launched on Xbox One this Monday. It's available to owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as well as anyone else lucky enough to get a key through giveaways. The beta focuses on the 4v4 arena-like multiplayer of the game. While it gives players access to several maps and modes from the full game, 343 Industries said on Sunday that it's "only a small portion of the epic plans we have for multiplayer in Halo 5: Guardians."
Unfortunately, you'll only have a limited amount of time to try out Halo 5's multiplayer. The test will wrap up on January 18th. That could be the last pre-launch opportunity to play the game. Microsoft hasn't announced a demo or any other beta. I'd be surprised if they don't have another public playtest, considering the importance of Halo 5 to Xbox One, but who knows.
Halo 5 is slated for a Fall 2015 release. Pre-orders for the game, including its pricy Collector's Edition, were opened up earlier this week.