Are things really this bad with Halo: The Master Chief Collection? The game launched with its multiplayer in an almost entirely unplayable state. It stayed that way for weeks on end as 343 Industries worked on and released multiple server and user side patches.
I sort of walked away from that title this holiday. I figured I’d come back in a few months when things were completely fixed. It appears that the game is still a mess, though I would hope it’s at least better than it was around launch.
The big indicator? 343 Industries is getting ready to roll out another multiplayer patch for the title. The problem? They’re beta testing that patch.
The studio revealed the beta testing initiative in a recent update on the game’s official Halo Wapoint blog. They provided reasoning for the beta test in the form of a Q & A section.
Q: Why are you testing the content update in the Xbox One Preview program? Don’t 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.
The patch beta will begin on Friday, Jan. 23. That’s tomorrow! If you want to participate in it, you can only do so if you’re a member of the Xbox Preview program. If so, you’ll find an option to snag the beta within that application on your console.
As for when the game will be officially patched with this potential fix? We’ll have to wait until after the beta period to find out. Stay tuned.