What you need to know

  • Halo: Reach is getting a PC beta in June.
  • The game's "Firefight" mode will run on dedicated servers.
  • This should fix the networking problems and lag that plagued the original.

A few months ago, 343 Industries announced that Halo: Reach was joining Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One and PC soon. While the beta is scheduled to roll out in May, the team keeps on providing more information about the project. Today, the long-awaited answer as to whether the game would feature dedicated servers was answered.

According to a report by PC Gamer, Halo: Reach's "Firefight" mode will feature dedicated servers and asynchronous code. This should fix the lag and other networking issues that plagued the title on Xbox 360. 343 Industries issued the following response to the outlet.

Firefight matchmaking will be hosted on dedicated servers and use a new asynchronous network model. Co-op Campaigns and Firefight have always run on a synchronous model where clients have to wait for the host to simulate their actions and send them back before they can be observed by the client. This can result in a sense of sluggishness for off-host players. Reach Firefight in Halo: The Master Chief Collection will use an async model which should result in a much smoother and more consistent online experience.

Firefight mode is a lot like Gears of War's "Horde" mode where you fight waves of incredibly-difficult enemies. It's great to see that it's finally being fixed after all this time, even though we're another console generation in since it first launched. We assume the dedicated servers are for both Xbox One and PC, but we've reached out for clarification.

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