Despite Halo: The Master Chief Collection being released over two months ago, full online functionality over the series’ bundled games, promised at launch, is still a disaster. However, even though multiple patches have not solved the multitude of online problems, 343 Industries hopes that the new upcoming content update will improve things a tad.
On the Halo Waypoint blog, 343 goes into detail as to what is aimed to be fixed this time around. They hope to answer the cry for improving matchmaking success rates by listing…none other than “improved matchmaking search success rates.” The development team also looks to fix errors including “awaiting privileges” lockouts, accurate play counts in playlists and looks to improve joining up parties through the in-game roster.
Oddly enough, I had taken the time this past weekend to try out several Halo matches and see the progress over the past few months post-launch. While a lot more playlist options are available, the same problems with matchmaking occur; it’s near impossible to reliably play for an extended period of time in one lobby. Custom games seem to be a lot easier to access, but that still doesn’t make up for the fact that we’re into the new year and online Halo matches still don’t work on the Xbox One as intended.
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Combine that with the fact that the same developers and publisher (Microsoft Studios) are pushing consumers to pick up a $250 Collector’s Edition box of Halo 5: Guardians before they’ve even finished correcting the broken-at-launch collection, and you have a truly disheartening situation. The longer it takes to fix Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s online play, doubt in the series’ future slowly begins to grow. Halo 5: Guardians will aim to give consumers a reason to pick up an Xbox One this holiday, but 343 Industries’ ability to carry Bungie’s FPS series further may come into question if they can’t get what they’ve already released working properly.
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