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'Halo 5 Guardians' beta and 'The Master Chief Collection' release dates posted

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The release dates have been posted for the "Halo 5" multiplayer beta as well as "Halo: The Master Chief Collection." According to a report from MP1st on June 11, the remastered compilation will be released first as it has a launch date of Nov. 11 in the European and North American regions. It falls approximately on the ten year anniversary of the release of "Halo 2" on the Xbox.

The second game of the first-person shooting series will be getting the same full high-definition remake treatment as the original title in "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary." Although the visuals have been upgraded, players will be able to toggle between the old and new graphics instantly. The classic gameplay should remain intact for the campaign and multiplayer modes.

The other three games in "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" are "Halo 3," "Halo 4" as well as the aforesaid "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary." The titles will be ported from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. All games should end up running at 60 frames per second while being rendered at a native resolution of 1080p.

Also included in the package is the "Halo 5 Guardians" multiplayer beta. The play test won't be accessible immediately, however. Instead, players have to wait until two days after Christmas in order to play the online beta. The testing is going to last three weeks with the last day being on Jan. 17. Otherwise, fans may have to wait until the fall season of next year for the full release in order to play the sequel.

Aside from "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," Microsoft Studios will also be relying on "Forza Horizon 2" and "Sunset Overdrive" to help sell Xbox One consoles this holiday season on the first-party front. The company also has an exclusive timed-exclusive DLC deal with "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare." An image showcasing the games from the remastered collection can be seen near the top of this article (courtesy of the official "Halo" Twitter page).

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