Halo 5: Guardians plans to set loose their beta version of the game on the world in less than a couple months time. Dan Ayoub, 343 Industries’ executive producer assures us however that the beta version won’t be a marketing ploy or a simple ‘stress test’ for their game servers, but information on gaming patterns will be collected and used to make the game better if needed.
We appreciate there is always room for improvement, surely, but this statement hit us a little from the blindside. Such an announcement is contradictory to past issues with 343 Industries, like using Halo: Spartan Strike to peddle us the Microsoft Surface device or the several gaming issues that are plaguing the recent release of their magnum opus Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which seemed more of a ploy to get in their sales up during FPS season alongside Call Of Duty, without having a new title to pawn off on the gamersphere. Oh, and as of this moment, only owners of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection can access this beta version that is coming later this year. No ploy there.
But alas Ayoub assures fans that this beta is more constructive than the status quo as far as ‘betas’ go:
A lot of the time you’ll see betas a couple of months before launch and generally those are more to test servers, make sure the back end’s going to hold up… We’re going to get a lot of player data coming off of this [beta test], we’re going to hear what people like and don’t like, and we’re going to have a year to respond to that.
But alas, Halo 5: Guardians promises exciting things, including arena-styled deathmatches e-Sport worthy, which we personally can’t wait to see.