With the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta now underway, Microsoft has shared the first details about the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition sets. Yes, that’s plural. The Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition will come in two flavors, one of which costs almost as much as a new console.
The first of the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition sets is a $99.99 version that includes the core Halo 5 game, a poster that’s only available for all fans who pre-order Halo 5, new digital content to enhance Spartan combat, and several exclusive items wrapped in a uniquely designed steel book.
Microsoft did not indicate what those “exclusive items” would be.
The second version of the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition is so limited that it’s officially being called the “Collectors Edition.” Details are scarce, and Microsoft hasn’t opened-up pre-orders for it, but we do know it includes everything from the Limited Edition version above and a commemorative numbered statue designed by 343 Industries.
Microsoft itself said “more details on the design to be shared at a later date” about the statue.
The details that do exist came out of Microsoft at the same time the Halo 5 multiplayer beta launched on Xbox One. The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta is focused on 4v4 Arena multiplayer and will be available through Jan. 18, 2015. Halo: Nightfall and Halo: The Master Chief Collection content unlocked in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta can be carried over to Halo 5: Guardians when it officially ships.
Halo 5 will launch in the Fall of 2015 exclusively for Xbox One. The game continues the story of Master Chief while introducing a new “central character” to the series named “Spartan Locke.”
In Halo 5, what appears to be a peaceful time in the galaxy is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. Master Chief goes missing, leaving Spartan Locke alone to begin “hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.”
Though plot details are almost non-existent outside 343 Industries, it appears Master Chief has suffered some sort of mental breakdown not unlike Cortana’s from Halo 4 that’s caused him to go rogue and/or do harm to those colony worlds. That’s pure speculation of course, but it could make for an epic climactic battle that officially ushers Master Chief into the sunset and lets the Halo franchise take off under the control of a new hero.
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