343 Industries talks progress on Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Image credit: 343 Industries)

Saying Halo: The Master Chief Collection got off to a rough start after its launch in 2014 would be an understatement. Developer 343 Industries worked to fix a number of issues related to performance and matchmaking, but there are still lingering issues impacting the game. In late 2017, however, 343 Industries announced it would be revisiting The Master Chief Collection to tackle a range of issues still plaguing the game, while also working on visual enhancements for Xbox one X.

In January, we got our first look at how things were going with the update, including 343 Industries' plans to improve matchmaking and some snags the team encountered with compatibility issues for some fixes. In a new post on the Halo Waypoint blog, Halo Community Manager Brian Jarrard has provided another status update on the team's progress and plans.

According to Jarrard, progress is moving along on visual enhancements, UI refresh concepts, networking improvements, and planning for flighting test builds to Xbox Insiders in the future. Specifically, the team is continuing to work on an "intelligent delivery" system, which will allow for incremental downloads of specific game content. "This means that rather than having to download the entire MCC game package under various scenarios, players can download an initial install, and then select other games, languages, and content areas they want to download from there." the team says.

In terms of visual updates, the team is making progress on enhancements for Xbox One X. Though there isn't much in the way of specific details, Jeremy Cook, art director for the project, says to expect higher fidelity and clarity by the time things are finished.

Halo: MCC

MAster Chief (Image credit: Microsoft)

Jarrard says that the team is actively testing multiplayer optimizations and improvements as well. Along with general improvements to the matchmaking platform, 343 has implemented "continuous matchmaking," which automatically places players into the next game session after a match ends, rather than taking them to the matchmaking lobby. The team is also planning to add a custom game browser to The Master Chief Collection.

Though 343 isn't ready to announce anything just yet, Jarrard says that planning for testing fixes with Xbox Insiders continues as well.

While work is progressing, it feels as if it will be some time before players start to see any large-scale changes rolled out to The Master Chief Collection. Still, fixes and improvements, not to mention visual treats for Xbox One X owners, will be welcome after the game's rough ride thus far.

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  • I still think it's Microsofts fault. They forced 343i to release the MCC way to eary. Maybe without all those bugs and flaws on release the game would still be popular by now.
  • I agree but they pushed because the release of the xbox one was a disaster and there was a big chance the entire platform could collapse. They could have slimmed down the original MCC and built on later like everyone else does but they knew it was flawed and pushed it out. 343 has been a disaster from the beginning. Halo 4 could have been great if they kept it closer to bungies work and added another species like halo 2 did with brutes.  Instead the stupid digital creatures and the diadact and a tone of stupid lore...and Halo 5 with no coop and no master chief ....cortana the enemy? How flaming stupid. Sounds like 343 is a bunch of highly skilled programmers and no gamers.  Bungies halo was epic in sound and story and execution because they were gamers also. Too bad Microsoft didnt steal a few top people from bungie and hire around them to build 343. Another bad halo game and this landmark series is.....toast
  • That was a long no....basically he has heard us....n won't launch that game on pc
  • I just want halo reach on the one..
  • You can. It is backward compatible
  • I play it all the time on my Xbox One S. Just put your disk in, there's a bit of downloading, but then it just works. It's great!
  • It is also available as a dlc for MCC. I think it's $5.
  • That was ODST not Reach.
  • Even if it was a missed opportunity at first, when it launched, I'm still excited to see that they are working to fix the issues and make it better. At the time of release, I was happy to revisit the whole series while matchmaking wasn't working. I seriously enjoyed it, and only got frustrated with waiting 5-10 minutes to find a game in matchmaking... but when I found a game...WOW! ahah.