343 Industries has just unveiled a new video offering a sneak peek at Halo 5: Guardians' upcoming multiplayer beta.

While we already knew that owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will have access to Halo 5: Guardians' multiplayer beta, 343 Industries has announced that its current focus will be on 4v4 arena-style gameplay. This means that things are reverting back to the way things were with the first entry of the series, which suggests the same starting loadouts and small-to-medium size battlefields. Similar to Halo 4, your Spartan's armor will be customizable in the Guardians beta. Participating in the beta will also earn you some kind of content to carry over into the final game for your multiplayer character, likely to be some sort of unique emblem or specific armor piece. The beta will also feature at least four different maps with multiple gameplay types available (we prefer no shields, shotguns-only, CTF in a small arena with no respawn counters please).

Halo 5: Guardians will launch sometime in 2015, likely during the holiday season. While Bungie had the series, most Halo titles would launch in September -- Destiny's Sept. 9 release date reflects this. We have a feeling we will see Guardians out sometime in November 2015, coinciding with Halo 4's release three years prior. It would make sense considering Halo 5 will be a big drive to help encourage Xbox One sales during the holiday season. Don't feel bad, there is plenty of content throughout Halo: The Master Chief Collection to hold you over until then.

Halo 5's beta will start on Dec. 29, 2014 and end on Jan. 18, 2015.