[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]nd the delayed updates for Halo: The Master Chief Collection just keep coming. According to a report by GameSpot, the most recent update was supposed to go live late last week, but developer 343 Industries has announced that it should be available in the window of “the next few days” while “undergoing further testing.”
Since the release of Halo: MCC in November, users have been plagued with issues during online gameplay, and 343 has been playing catch-up in order to ensure that players have a seamless gaming experience. As a token of their appreciation for the game’s users, Microsoft even offered players a free copy of Halo 3: ODST. There have been several patches and updates released over the past two months in order to fix the networking issues and also make minor in-game adjustments to all of the Halo titles in the collection.
343 gave specific details for the update through the developer’s blog:
“Our upcoming content update focuses on UI, matchmaking, game-specific multiplayer and campaign, controls, and stability. We continue to work on additional content updates that will include added improvements for matchmaking, parties, and other top community items. Below, you’ll find a summary of the updates that will be included in the upcoming update:
• Improved matchmaking search success rates.
• Made an update to reduce instances of “Awaiting Privileges” matchmaking errors.
• Made an update to ensure player counts more reliably match the expected numbers for each playlist.
• Fixed an issue where player would sometimes appear to be searching in an incorrect “FIND GAME” screen.
• Added countdown sound effect to the voting timer.
• Made several improvements to party joining through the in-game Roster.
• Made an update to ensure that the mute icon is visible while in Matchmaking.
• Fixed an issue in Halo 4 where players could equip the same weapon as their primary and secondary weapons.
• Made several improvements to stat tracking for Halo: CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4.
• Made changes to Halo 3 and Halo 4 scoring to ensure that players are not penalized for destroying empty vehicles.
• Lowered the music volume level in multiplayer menus.
• Fixed an issue where friend emblems in roster would show up as default when exiting a game session.
• Made updates to UI and menus to improve multiplayer status messaging, such as when a player joins your lobby.
• Made an update to the Halo 2 Anniversary “Legacy” Stick Layout.
• Made stability improvements across multiple titles for campaign and multiplayer.”
343 has recently implemented Team Hardcore and Halo 4 playlists into the game, and players can expect playlists like Team Doubles and Team Snipers in a later update sometime in the near future.
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available now for Xbox One.