• Paul Fingleton

Halo Master Chief Collection gets further patches this week

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a great Xbox One game that was hampered by dreadful multiplayer connectivity issues at launch. Microsoft and 343 have worked around the clock to get the game up and running and relatively stable and the update before Christmas had pretty much made the multiplayer run successfully.

Microsoft have also started issuing a free month of Xbox Live Gold for anyone who played the game before 19 December, with the promise of further in-game goodies and the full ODST campaign to arrive for free, and you may have thought that Microsoft was finished with patching and updating the game.

Well, you would be wrong, the next update is expected to drop this week and 343 outlined the details in a blog post today.

This update focuses on UI, matchmaking, game-specific multiplayer and campaign, controls, and stability, while Microsoft will continue to work on additional content updates that will include added improvements for matchmaking, parties, and other top community items.

Here is a brief overview of all that is in the forthcoming 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.

General Multiplayer:
  • 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.

General Campaigns:
  • 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.

General Menu:
  • 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.

Control Layouts:
  • Made an update to the Halo 2: Anniversary “Legacy” Stick Layout.

  • Made stability improvements across multiple titles for campaign and multiplayer.

Source: Halo Waypoint