Halo fans had plenty of Halo related news today, ranging from Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Halo 5: Guardians. Oh, and how about that Halo Channel? It's a lot to take in, but the key things to remember are that Halo 5 is getting a multiplayer beta this winter and the Halo Channel looks really awesome.
So 343 Industries wants to really push the whole multimedia aspect of Halo, which makes sense considering the live-action work tied to the franchise, like the Forward Unto Dawn mini-series and the upcoming Halo: Nightfall series. What the Halo Channel does is bring everything together into one hub, where you'll be able to watch all the original Halo content we've seen released thus far, along with Twitch integration for broadcasting or viewing streams.
Microsoft describes the Halo Channel as "your home for Halo."
As for the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, that's set to take place on Xbox One this December 29 through January 18. The beta will cover seven maps, three modes and 11 weapons. Anyone with a copy of The Master Chief Collection is guaranteed access, of course, though Microsoft and 343 will be offering other means of getting in. Just keep an eye out.
In regards to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the upcoming anthology will provide some unique opportunities to unlock content that carries over into Halo 5: Guardians, when that's out next year. 343 also revealed today the remastered version of the "Sanctuary" map, from Halo 2. Pretty awesome stuff, over all.
Have a look at the videos below.