Being as it is one of the most popular games series ever, Halo is of significant importance to many across the world, keen to see their shooter of choice remain on top. Luckily, 343 Industries recognise this and have committed to improving their offerings post-release, with new content and new stability tweaks, which is exactly what the latest update to Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One accomplishes.
This update offers a number of significant improvements and fixes, along with new content, as 343 Industries details:
-Added the entirety of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops mode
-Made an update to make sure a match only starts when teams are even.
-Players will now receive a ‘loss’ when disconnecting before a round has ended.
-Made an update to include all split screen players in vote tally.
-Resolved an issue that caused players to become stuck “Joining Session.”
-Resolved an issue where players could be dropped from matchmaking after disconnecting their controller.
General Multiplayer Updates:
-Made additional improvements to Halo: CE hit registration.
-Made an update to the “Halo 2: Anniversary Career Progress” page to ensure achievements are correctly tracked.
-Fixed an issue where it took a long time to join players that are in a Multiplayer lobby.
-General UI/Menu Updates:
-Made additional improvements to Roster update times.
-Fixed Halo 3 game type text when viewing saved data in “My Files”.
Halo 2: Anniversary Campaign:
-Fixed an issue where the ‘Black Eye Skull’ incorrectly prevented players from reaching checkpoints.
-Fixed an issue where cross-game playlists could fail to progress to the next level.
-Made several fixes to Campaign Playlist Carnage Reports.
-Fixed an issue where Halo 3 Cooperative Playlist progress would not save correctly when completing a mission.
-Made changes to ensure that Competitive Scoring and Timing are tracked correctly in Halo CE and Halo 2 Campaign Playlists.
Stats & Medals:
-Made updates to improve stat tracking.
-Fixed an issue where the “Steaktacular” medal would not be correctly awarded in Halo 3.
-Fixed an issue where the “Supercombine” medal would be incorrectly awarded in the Halo 4 Campaign.
-Made an update to ensure that the “Flaming Ninja Anniversary” achievement unlocks when prerequisites are met.
-Updated the Halo 2 “Boxer” Button Layout.
-Updated the Halo 4 “Legacy” Thumbstick Layout.
-Made several updates to improve overall game stability.
In all, this is rather a comprehensive update. The biggest news invariably is the new Spartan Ops mode, along with the fixes to online match making which will allow users to murder one another with impunity without lag and other niggling concerns.
This is a solid offering from 343 Industries, long may they maintain their commitment to improving their releases post launch. Whether it is an apology for the growing pains of Halo: Master Chief Collection or out of simple altruism, the end user benefits spectacularly, as such to complain is to be churlish.
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