343 Industries Give Fans the Halo Multiplayer Patch Fix
After several months of bugs and matchmaking issues plaguing Halo: The Master Chief Collection since launch it seems that the worst is finally behind us. The latest Halo multiplayer patch was made live on December 19, 2014 that once again addressed the multiplayer experience in the game. After spending some time sampling the matchmaking on various modes post patch I am happy to say that it has been stabilized and finally takes a reasonable amount of time to find a game. While in game I was only disconnected from a match one time, which in 343 Industries defense, could be blamed on my internet service provider. It seems that all of the overtime they have put in over the last few months has been worth it and the Master Chief is finally getting the tribute that he deserves.
Now by no means am I excusing 343 Industries from releasing a broken product, and if any title deserves a flawless release it should be Halo. Developers have gotten lazy and it has been deemed acceptable in the last few years to release subpar games and patch them after release even if they are unplayable. These new standards are unfair to the fans and just plain unacceptable and developers should be held to a higher standard. Apparently, General Manager and Studio Head at 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross agrees and last month wrote a letter to fans through Halo Waypoint apologizing for releasing an unacceptable product and not delivering the Halo experience that fans deserve. Promising to “make this right with our fans” many have speculated as to what this would entail. In another letter on December 19th, 2014 Bonnie Ross announced that further content would be added for free to Halo: The Master Chief Collection in early 2015 for anyone that has played online since launch (11.11.14 – 12.19.14). Halo loyalists will be receiving 1 Month Free of Xbox Live Gold, an exclusive in-game nameplate, and an exclusive in-game avatar. On top of this 343 Industries will be adding the Halo 3: ODST Campaign to the Master Chief Collection in early 2015 as well as adding the “Relic” map to Halo 2: Anniversary Edition. With the Halo multiplayer patch finally out and the Halo 5 beta being released to everyone on December 29th it is turning out to be a very Merry Christmas for Halo fans worldwide.
Bonnie Ross definitely lived up to her end of the bargain and went on to explain that “this has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world.” The proof will be in the pudding as they say and 343 Industries better have a flawless release with Halo 5: Guardians or there will be hell to pay. So far the early beta release of Halo 5 for Xbox Preview program members looks and plays very well and the new gameplay mechanics are pretty epic. Hopefully, the full beta will go down without any complications and fans faith in 343 Industries will begin to be repaired. Regardless, it is nice to see a studio compensate their fans for their shortcomings instead of sweeping it under the rug assuming that players will just get over it.
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