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If you've been enjoying the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, absorb it while you can. This will be the first and last multiplayer beta test for Halo 5 until the game is ready to ship in the fall, later this year. 343 Industries will take all your feedback from the limited multiplayer beta test and apply it where necessary.

IGN managed to get in some time with 343 Industries' Jonathan Holmes about the upcoming Halo 5. He talks a lot about some of the upcoming modes, upcoming maps, upcoming features and more.

One thing that gamers participating in the Halo 5 beta will be able to do is vote on which of the two Forge-made maps they'll be able to play: 'Orion' and 'Pegasus'. You can even check out a brief glimpse at the 'Orion' map in action with IGN's preview trailer below.



Gamers will have plenty to look forward to when Halo 5 launches later in the year. According to Holmes, the game will support plenty of maps, some of which may be Forge maps.

Speaking of Forge, players will still be able to make their own multiplayer maps and share them with friends, family and rivals alike. 343 Industries will be including brand new templates, palettes, map layouts and objects and accessories for players to utilize when they make their own maps.

According to Holmes...
“While this is the earliest that we’ve done a beta and things are in a less polished state than they would be if we were releasing closer to launch, it’s important to us to get the game into the hands of fans while we still have the time to react to feedback. The input that we receive from the community will feed into our remaining development and help us to achieve our goal of making Halo 5: Guardians the best multiplayer shooter on consoles when we launch in 2015.”

Those who purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection were able to gain exclusive access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. Even though the former game had some server issues out of the launch that caused a lot of frustrations with fans, Microsoft was quick to rectify the problem by offering up free content for those who purchased the game before November, 2014. Some of the free content includes a month of Xbox Live and free access to the Halo 3: ODST campaign mode DLC that's due out this year.

If you missed out on The Master Chief Collection but want to get in on the beta, tough luck. This was your first and only chance to get some play-time in on Halo 5 from the comfort of your own home before it launches.

According to Holmes...
“While this is the earliest that we’ve done a beta and things are in a less polished state than they would be if we were releasing closer to launch, it’s important to us to get the game into the hands of fans while we still have the time to react to feedback. The input that we receive from the community will feed into our remaining development and help us to achieve our goal of making Halo 5: Guardians the best multiplayer shooter on consoles when we launch in 2015.”

So far, I haven't been all too impressed with what I've seen of the game. It just looks like Call of Duty with a Halo skin over it. But that's just me. The team plans to unveil more content – especially larger multiplayer stages with vehicles – throughout 2015. So keep your eyes peeled.
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