It is no overstatement to say last fall's launch of "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" was a disaster. Even the Halo's own Franchise Development Director called it a "black eye for us."
The mashup of previous Halo titles was plagued with bugs as 343 Industries had ambitiously set out to remaster and combine 4 different single player games and 4 different multiplayer experiences on a platform that was brand new and completely different than previous consoles. The issues and bugs went on for months.
Now, as spotted by Gamespot in a Gameinformer interview, 343 Industries says one of the lessons learned from the experience of MCC is to always offer a beta. Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, said:
"Going forward, you will never see a Halo game coming out without a beta. It was obviously painful for our fans and for us. But it won't happen again. There are things we put in place to make sure that we know everything, how it stands up outside and in the wild."
Hopefully "Halo 5: Guardians" will be a much more polished product with a seamless launch as 343 ran its Beta over six months ago, and is still set to release October 27th.
Expect more news about Halo 5: Guardians starting Monday as E3 kicks off in Los Angeles.