Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking patch drops today

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:57 GMT

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be updated with much-needed fixes to matchmaking as of November 20.

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The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch is due in the afternoon of November 20, Pacific Time.

According to Halo Waypoint, the new patch addresses a number of issues with the UI, campaign, Halo, Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary as well as applying matchmaking fixes.

Follow the link above to see the full patch notes; for now, here’s the matchmaking section, since that seems to be the most pressing issue at present.

  • Addressed a number of issues that resulted in extended matchmaking times and low matchmaking success rates.
  • Made a number of updates to how matchmaking progress is communicated to the player. With this update, you’ll see better, more frequent and more informative status updates throughout the matchmaking flow – so “Players Found” for example, will be displayed to let players know where they are in the matchmaking process instead of simply wondering if it’s going to connect.
  • The improved matchmaking flow is as follows:
    – Searching
    – Searching for more players
    – Players found
    – Finalizing matchmaking process
    – Connecting session
  • Made an update to ensure that parties stick together when returning from the post-game carnage report
  • Prevented the ability for players “kick” other players from matchmaking games
  • Made an update to ensure that the Roster correctly displays the “searching” UI rather than “My Game Session” while searching for players
  • Removed the possibility to boost ranking through a custom games exploit
  • Made an update to ensure that players cannot get stuck in the matchmaking screen during map voting
  • Made an update to ensure that the “Connecting to your game” message no longer incorrectly displays in the lower right of the screen during gameplay
  • Made an update to the “team creation” phase that allows players to be grouped by team
  • Made an update to prevent players from seeing the “connection failed” dialogue if disconnected during the map voting screen
  • Improved roster / matchmaking lobby stability
  • Made improvements to the accuracy and stability of the “Game Session Details” UI
  • Improved version compatibility

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