343 Industries has revealed that a public multiplayer beta is not currently scheduled for Halo 4.
In an FAQ on the game's official site, 343 revealed that the development team would need to be split in order to plan a public beta test, and one isn't in the works as a result.
"While we are testing Halo 4 code, gameplay, and systems at significant scale to get excellent data, input, and feedback, we are focused on polishing and shipping our experience for the duration of the year, and splitting resources to manage and build a beta is not on our schedule," the post reads.
Previously, a Halo 3 beta was included with copies of Crackdown, and a Halo Reach beta was available to owners of Halo ODST.
Halo 4 is currently in development. For more on the game, check out our impressions from earlier this week.
We reached out to Microsoft to clarify Halo 4's beta situation and the company provided the following statement:
"We plan to test both gameplay and code features rigorously and at a meaningful scale throughout the course of 2012 to ensure a great experience at launch, but we have no plans for a public multiplayer beta for Halo 4."