343 Reveals HALO 5 Beta Results

February 6, 2015 — 343 Industries released a Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer on December 29, 2014 for Xbox One users. The beta was a 3-week test, and an unprecedented venture for the company, according to the official Halo blog.

The developer normally uses beta testing to aid in online player density predictions, and to ensure smooth transitions in the final stages, and only weeks prior to the game’s drop date. Halo 5 is expected to release late 2015. The team working on Halo 5 feared this experiment could have proven detrimental for them, and spent the past few weeks poring over player feedback from the aforementioned sources.

In order to maximize feedback potential Halo‘s team synchronously launched the Halo Community Feedback Program. The intention of HCFP was to directly engage with the most passionate and experienced members of Halo games. With a culmination of over 19,000 players and more than 900 gameplay hours logged, 343 organized 2 surveys and used the data in order to delegate tasks and implement improvements.

Spartan Abilities:

  • Increase base speed (faster base movement)
  • Increase strafe acceleration (faster, more responsive strafing)
  • Reduce top sprint speed (narrow the delta between base movement and sprint)
  • Modify Ground Pound controls to prevent conflicts w/ crouch jumping
  • General tuning & bug fixes for all Spartan Abilities (Thrusters, Clamber, Ground Pound, etc.)


  • Sniper Rifle: improve scope experience to making it less “clunky” and faster to scope
  • DMR: adjust position of the scope to improve visibility
  • Bring back the SPNKr Rocket Launcher as a legendary version of the weapon
  • Reduce bonuses for automatic weapons in Smart-Link & w/ headshots
  • Remove grenade detonation in mid-air based on weapon fire
  • Ability to turn on/off vibration feedback for weapons
  • General tuning and bug fixing for all weapons


  • Post-death replay: this will become an opt-in feature. After death, players will see a traditional follow-cam and have the option to view a replay of their death from the killer’s perspective (as long as the feature is enabled within the playlist)
  • Medals: decrease frequency and number of medals displayed in the medal feed
  • Spartan chatter: players will have the option to turn this on or off in the settings menu
  • Adding highlights to placed/dropped weapons to make them easier to see
  • General tuning for announcer and Spartan chatter to reduce the frequency of events and focus on the information that matters most to players

The list is extensive, and there is more!

“It’s important to point out,” the post went on to explain, “that there will be a massive list of additional improvements and bug fixes that are not captured here, as we hosted this beta almost a year from release”.


Source: HaloWayPoint

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2 Comments on “343 Reveals HALO 5 Beta Results”

  1. 02/07/2015 at 8:51 AM #

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