343 Industries, the developer Microsoft built solely for the Halo franchise after Bungie moved on to other things, has confirmed that it’ll have a patch to address Halo: The Master Chief Collection problems that have plagued Xbox One users ever since the game became available last Tuesday.
A post about a patch to fix the Halo: The Master Chief Collection problems made its way to the Halo Waypoint Community Forums this past Saturday. In that post 343 Industries Executive Producer Dan Ayoub provides a bit of guidance on what the studio is doing to fix all the issues Xbox One owners have had this last week.
“Looking at our data logs, server-side adjustments that we have made over the past 24 hours have shown a 20% increase in server connectivity.” In short, 343 Industries says that in the past few days changes it’s made to Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s multiplayer have made it more likely that players will be able to find a game online. On launch day Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrived on store shelves and in the Xbox Store with broken multiplayer.
343 Industries says that they’ve done a lot of what they can do on their end with server updates and balancing changes. Now, they’re about to turn to title updates to address Halo: The Master Chief Collection problems. There’s a digital update coming to all those who purchased the game sometime this week. 343 Industries says it’s planning on that game update coming on Wednesday, November 19th, but that could change. The update will include tuning for online play and fixes for other bugs that layers have reported since the game arrived on store shelves.
To be clear, the multiplayer wasn’t broken in the sense that it was unplayable – it was, so long as users were willing to sit through some pretty ridiculous wait times. Some reporting 20 minutes of waiting just to get a game going. Some might have actually stayed away from the multiplayer elements because of all the issues. That’s a big problems – Halo: The Master Chief Collection builds on the legacy of past Halo games. Instead of having just one multiplayer mode, the game crams together the multiplayer elements from Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. Every map and every weapon that made it into those original Halo games from the Xbox 360 are included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection problems may be effecting online play, but that doesn’t mean Xbox One owners should go play something else. The Master Chief Collection is tailor-made for those who want to relieve the Halo campaigns too. Every campaign from every game is included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Halo and Halo 2 users can switch between the graphics of the original game and updated graphics. All four titles included in The Master Chief Collection are in high-definition. There are skulls everywhere for changing the gameplay and over 4000 in gamescore for users to earn throughout the campaign and multiplayer.
Besides this update, 343 Industries is planning to “make adjustments as needed” to the game. That’s key as Microsoft needs to get this right sooner rather than later. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is this year’s high-profile Xbox One title. There are other games for the system, but The Master Chief Collection is one of the few not available on any other console or even the PC.
The Master Chief Collection is tailor-made for users who enjoyed the franchise on the original Xbox or Xbox 360 and want to relieve the fun. In short, Microsoft is hoping to turn every fan of the original Halo and Halo 2 into Xbox One customers. This winter is all about The Master Chief Collection, third-party games and cheaper Xbox One pricing.