The upcoming beta for Halo 5: Guardians will weigh a little over 10GB, reports have indicated.
This news comes from a sharp-eyed Redditor with the handle AJSwain who spotted a listing for the beta on his Xbox One console.
Halo 5 isn’t listed anywhere on the Xbox One’s Xbox Games Store, and cursory searches just loop users to the Master Chief Collection store page. But other Reddit users have reported that they’ve accessed this very same listing via the Extras section in the Master Chief Collection.
Within this section the Halo 5 beta has its own tab, and oddly enough it has become briefly active for some users, although they weren’t able to download anything.
According to the screen-cap, the beta’s install size clocks in at approximately 10.27 GB. It’s also worth mentioning that this size could change in the coming weeks.
The listing says some interesting things, revealing that players will be able to unlock “exclusive gear” via the interactive original series Halo: Nightfall as well as in the recently released Halo: MCC.
“Gear up for the Guardians beta by unlocking exclusive content in The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall. These exclusive items will carry over to Halo 5: Guardians.“
Also the 12/4/2014 release date is a placeholder, as we all know the beta will launch on Dec. 29 and run until Jan. 18, 2015.
In other Halo 5 news, Ready Up Live has released a huge hour-long gameplay video that showcases the game’s dynamic multiplayer in action. The footage showcases the game’s new Spartan abilities like Charge, Clamber, Slide and Smart Scope while shedding light on weapons and maps.
You can read more about Halo 5‘s Spartan abilities here.
So far the Guardians beta looks impressive, but gamers are dubious thanks to the Master Chief Collection‘s continued struggle with matchmaking. 343i actually released a new update today that aims to refine online matches, but the game is far from fixed, and is missing many of its online gametypes.
343 Industries recently apologized for the state of the game, and they’ve launched a slew of updates to help refine the game’s broken state.
Hopefully the team is able to focus on both the beta test as well as the Master Chief Collection, as beta access was a major perk in buying the Xbox One exclusive.