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Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Best served with a side order of Heroic or Legendary


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Got a message from XBL tonight to say they've added a month to my subscription to say thanks for putting up with MCC. Incidentally I managed to play BTB tonight and it was running perfectly too (no patch)

I got this even though I'd only spent an hour playing it at a mates house in late December.

I still haven't bought it myself.

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Well, now that the Halo 5 beta is over, I need my Halo fix somehow. We should just pick a night and play customs to avoid all this matchmaking bollocks. :)

Halo4 I'm finding is perfect for coming off H5 - had a game of 3 and was completely lost :lol:

Matchmaking seems good now except for BTB which seems worse.

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Did you play it within the date range? You have to have played between launch and something like December 19th.

Ah no, that'll be it then.

Will the ODST stuff be able to be purchased or is it just a gift for those eligible?

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How odd, I wonder if they are going out in batches?

I would assume so, because neither myself nor my brother have received any messages about the extra month, and we both played repeatedly during the 'launch to slightly less broken' period.

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BY 343 INDUSTRIES - 8 HOURS AGO

In recent weeks, we have been conducting extensive internal testing of an upcoming content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Given the scale of the update, which includes changes to the matchmaking experience and party system, we are expanding testing to include select members of the Xbox One Preview program to ensure the official release is the best possible experience for all players.

The content update beta test is open to Xbox One owners within North America who have a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and have opted-in for Xbox One beta testing as part of the Xbox One Preview program. This is an opt-in opportunity and the content update will only be made available to selected participants within the Xbox One Preview program, based on the highest levels of engagement with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. On Friday, January 23, participants selected will be prompted to download the content update automatically when the title is started.

To learn more about the content update beta test, please see the FAQ below.

Q: Im a Preview Member, how I do sign up?

A: More details on the program and how to sign up are available with the Xbox Preview Dashboard app on your Xbox One.

Q: Why are you testing the content update in the Xbox One Preview program? Dont you have internal playtesting for the very same purpose?

A: In recent weeks, 343 Industries has been conducting extensive internal testing of the upcoming content update. However, given the scale of the update, which includes changes to the Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking experience and party system, we are opening it up to members of the Xbox One Preview program to provide additional testing in an at home environment to ensure the official release is the best possible experience for players.

Q: What is included in the content update you are testing in Xbox One Preview program?

A: This content update includes changes to the Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking experience and party system. We will have more details to share as we get closer to the official release.

Q: Who will be eligible/invited to participate in this beta test of the next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection?

A: Xbox One owners within North America who have a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and have opted-in for Xbox One beta testing as part of the Xbox One Preview program will be eligible to participate in this program.

Q: Why are only players within North America eligible to participate in this beta test?

A: Due to the beta testing session times, we are selecting players within North America to ensure optimal population.

Q: How are participants being selected for this beta test?

A: Xbox One owners within North America who are part of the Xbox One Preview program, have a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection with the highest levels of engagement are who we are targeting.

Q: When will the beta test of this content update take place?

A: Exact dates/times are subject to change, but the current plan is to test the content update during the evenings of Friday, January 23 through Monday, January 26. Specific session times will be shared with the selected participants.

Q: If I am selected to participate, how will I get access/download the content update? When will it be available?

A: On Friday, January 23 (exact time to be determined) participants selected will be prompted to download the content update automatically when Halo: The Master Chief Collection is started.

Q: If Im selected to participate, am part of the Xbox One Preview program and have automatic downloads enabledwill I automatically get this update?

A: This is an opt-in opportunity and the content update will only be made available to selected participants within the Xbox One Preview program. On Friday, January 23 (exact time to be determined) participants selected will be prompted to download the content update automatically when Halo: The Master Chief Collection is started.

Q: If Im selected to participate, how should I report a bug in the content update beta test?

A: If you run into any issues while checking out the beta update, be sure to use the Feedback app on the Xbox One (for Xbox One Preview program participants) to tell us about it. Hold the power button on your controller, then select "Give Feedback" to launch the Feedback app.

Q: What will be the anticipated file size of the content update for this beta test?

A: We are still determining the final file size of the content update, but participants should have 1-2GB of hard drive space available.

Q: Will I still be able to use multiplayer matchmaking against other players that dont have this content update?

A: No, during the time of this beta test when this content update is installed, you will only be able to be matched with other players that also have the content update.

Q: After the beta test of this content update is over, will I be able to use multiplayer matchmaking against other players without this content update?

A: In the days after the conclusion of the beta test, we will issue a content update that will then allow matchmaking with all players, as it worked prior to the beta test.

Q: When will be the final public release of the content update to all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection?

A: Were currently focused on gathering data and feedback from Xbox One Preview Program members and will have more details to share soon on the public release of this content update

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I think having a beta for this actually makes sense. It appears that the matchmaking was fundamentally flawed, the way they were matchmaking was not a workable solution. Doing a ground up rewrite of the system should be properly tested in a real world environment especially if it was true that the errors that were there didn't come up in internal testing. I'm still working on the single player stuff so haven't had the issues that other people have.

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Yeah at least they're testing the fixes now. And the game works it's just slow as anything.

I'm getting near the end of Halo 2 now, still quite enjoying it having not played it since the first time when I got my 360. It's certainly the worst of what I've played from the series but it's still bloody Halo.

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