343 Industries' beta for the latest game in the Halo series is happening right now.
For those who bought Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you will now have access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta which started on Monday and runs through to 18th January 2015.
Halo 5: Guardians is due to launch in the autumn of 2015, but this beta gives players a chance to experience the game before then, and it will also give the developers a chance to fine tune the experience based on feedback and data received from the players.
Three different versions of the game were detailed yesterday too, with their own content and prices. I've laid them out for you below as they appear on Xbox Wire.
- Standard Edition for $59.99 – Halo 5: Guardians plus an exclusive poster, only available to those who pre-order.
- Limited Edition for $99.99 – Everything in the Standard Edition plus new digital content to enhance Spartan combat and exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book.
- Limited Collector’s Edition for $249.99 – Everything in the Limited Edition as well as additional content such as a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries. More details on the design to be shared at a later date.
The poster and limited editions are subject to limited availability at specific retailers.
For now these appear to only be available in the US via the Xbox store and a couple of retailers, but the Xbox Wire update does say other region availability will be "confirmed at a later date."