New trailers for Halo 5: Guardians beta and the newly announced Halo Channel were premiered during Microsoft’s Gamescom conference.

Several juicy tidbits of new Halo news were dropped today during Microsoft’s pre-Gamescom media briefing, including the announcement of a new Halo-focused media application and the release date for Halo 5: Guardians‘ beta.

Simply called “The Halo Channel”, Microsoft described it as an “interactive digital network that provides unprecedented, personalized access to the Halo Universe.” A trailer was released today that showcased a dashboard-like interface, with new footage of Halo: Nightfall, Halo 2: Anniversary, behind-the-scenes footage, and community features all accessible from the channel. The video’s YouTube description reads, “The Halo Channel enables you to seamlessly transition between Halo games and other Halo experiences. Featuring full Twitch integration, broadcast your gameplay or watch feeds from the Halo community – from competitive multiplayer matches and campaign walkthroughs to speed runs. This is your home for Halo.” The Halo Channel will be launching on Xbox One and PC at a later yet-to-be-announced date.

It is unknown what role Halo Waypoint, the games official website, will play when The Halo Channel goes live.

It was also revealed that the beta for Halo 5 would launch on December 29th and run all the way to January 18th, 2015. The beta’s gameplay will focus on 4v4 arena battles over seven different maps, and gameplay will supposedly run at 60 frames per second. Players will also be able to unlock special in-game items that will transfer over to the final game build. Access to the beta will be exclusive to those who purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will be available on November 11th.

Source: Metro

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