Halo: MCC Thanksgiving Patch
343 Industries released the latest MCC Thanksgiving patch early. This 523MB update was supposed to be the major fix that everyone has been waiting for stabilizing the matchmaking and multiplayer experience. Halo Waypoint was updated after the patch went live prompting players to download the latest content and explaining that more updates are to follow. “This particular content update addresses a number of matchmaking issues, fixes various bugs related to UI and the party system, and also improves overall stability. While this update contains a variety of improvements, we continue to work on additional content updates that will be rolled out to address further issues that you have called out.” While the newest update is an improvement many of the problems have not been resolved and once again this patch came with a price. Many users found that after downloading the MCC Thanksgiving patch that their campaign progress has been lost. Since campaign has been one of the few features in this monolith title that have worked properly since day one, many users have been biding their time in the single player campaign waiting for a multiplayer fix. To continue to not be able to solve this problem with matchmaking and also punishing players by deleting their single player progress is quite a slap in the face to loyal fans worldwide.
A new patch is already in the works and should be available within the next few weeks, but no solution has been announced for players that have lost their saved data. The overall matchmaking experience has improved, but now matches are lopsided and 1-2 players will be matched up to teams containing 4-5 players. Longer than normal wait times are also still prevalent as well as continued complaints about lag in multiplayer.
While this MCC Thanksgiving patch will always be a blemish on 343 Industries as a company it could end up being a blessing in disguise. Even though transitions to the next-gen systems should be much easier than what is currently happening with Halo: MCC these issues hopefully will act as a learning experience for the future releases. Therefore, when Halo 5 is released in 2015 these issues will already be worked out and Halo’s true sequel can have zero multiplayer issues at launch. However, 343 Industries is truly giving everyone trust issues with all the problems stemming from the transition to their own parent companies next-gen system.
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