Just as it promised it would, 343 Industries, the developer in charge of Microsoft’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection game for the Xbox One, is rolling out crucial fixes and new content in a title update going out today.
343 Industries detailed what users could expect from this week’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection content update in a post on its Halo Waypoint blog yesterday.
The new content portion of the upgrade isn’t exactly something that users haven’t seen before. It’s Spartan Ops a game mode that debuted in 2012’s Halo 4 for the Xbox 360. Spartan Ops were smaller bits of story-driven campaign that forced players to team up. For Halo 4, Microsoft rolled out each episode of Spartan Ops over time. Master Chief Collection players can expect all 10 episodes of Spartan Ops to be available after the update has been downloaded. Owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will find Spartan Ops under the menu option for Halo 4.
343 Industries and Microsoft had already told users about Spartan Ops arriving months ago. As such, they aren’t exactly a surprise. It is surprising that Microsoft is getting them out to users before the Christmas holidays. Halo: The Master Chief Collection has had problems ever since its release day back in November.
The new content portion of this Master Chief Collection update is pretty straight forward. So too is the list of fixes coming to the game. In fact, 343 Industries list of changes are pretty extensive. There doesn’t seem to be any portion of the game not getting a fix.
Matchmaking or the game’s ability to connect players who want to game with others online has been where we’ve seen the biggest problems. Uneven teams have become a big problem. Doing something as simple as making it into an actual game has been a big issue too. Today’s update includes a fix for matching teams more evenly. Fixes for getting stuck in matchmaking and not being penalized for finishing a match are also included.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t really a single game. It’s actually four complete games from the entire Halo experience. Those games are Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Buyers can play through every single campaign mission or string similar missions together in campaign playlists. Campaign Playlists are getting some serious fixes too. These fixes include better support for cooperative playlists, better scoring, accurate after game reports is in the update too.
The Boxer controller layout from Halo 2 and the Legacy Halo 4 controller layout are getting some changes too.
Overall, these changes should go a long way in addressing the issues that have plagued Halo: The Master Chief Collection since it arrived on store shelves. That’s important because today, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the only core Halo experience Xbox One buyers can get their hands on. That won’t change until Halo 5: Guardians arrives on the Xbox One next year.
Last Friday 343 Industries revealed that it was in the process of remaking Halo 3: ODST and a new Halo 2 map to give to Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners who’d already played the game in between December 19th and launch back in November. To be clear, this isn’t the free game update that adds those features. It’s unclear when we can expect those updates to arrive. Halo 3: ODST was a game that focused on shock troopers for the Xbox 360. It was a first-person shooter but didn’t focus on John 117 as past games did.
Halo: Master Chief Collection players should find that their Xbox One has already downloaded the content update if they’re connected to the internet in low-power mode. Low-power mode is enabled by default.