343 Industries Announces Halo Channel, Sanctuary Map Remake, Halo 5 Beta Details, More

343 Industries took the stage during Microsoft's gamescom media briefing this morning to make several Halo-related announcements.

First off, Halo Channel was announced, which will provide gamers on Xbox One with a central hub for all their Halo-related gaming needs. In many ways, it looks like the natural evolution of Halo Waypoint, which first launched back on Xbox 360.

In addition, the studio announced another Halo 2 map remake for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, that being the fan favorite, Sanctuary. On top of that, the 343i also detailed the game's online multiplayer ranking system, confirming that Halo 2's skill-based system will serve as the foundation for how The Master Chief Collection will rank players.

Halo 5: Guardians also got a little love, as 343 Industries spoke a bit about the upcoming multiplayer beta. It will include a handful of different maps all built around 4v4 arena combat.