Halo 5: Guardians beta begins December 29

Microsoft and 343 Industries announced during Microsoft’s Gamescom 2014 press conference that Halo 5: Guardians‘ multiplayer beta will begin on December 29, and also unveiled a new digital network called the Halo Channel.

The beta will run for three weeks until January 11, and features three game modes set across seven maps, with a few sets of customizable armor available. There will also be a few items that can be unlocked during the beta that will carry over to the final game.