Earlier this month, 343 Industries revealed that it was working on a massive multiplayer patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that reworks the matchmaking system. The patch is big and system changing enough that the company announced a beta program in order to make sure it’s working as intended.

Over the weekend, 343 announced that it needed to delay both the patch and the beta. The company says it’s focusing on matchmaking search time, search success and lobby and party functions primarily. As such, it needs more time. Here’s how it described that need.

Fundamental changes to these systems will improve the overall experience while also allowing us to address additional issues such as title-specific hit registration, matchmaking ranking, and beyond. As this update contains the biggest changes to the Matchmaking system yet, we’ve identified that additional time and testing is required, and we are currently evaluating both timing and need for a CU beta with the Xbox One Preview program, as well as the final public release date in February.

As 343 writes, it’s still aiming for a public release for this patch in February.

Some of you readers have indicated that things are faring a bit better for Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s multiplayer since launch. It’s supposedly no where near as bad as it was then. Hopefully, 343 can get this stuff ironed out and make Halo what it should be.

This franchise, whether you love it or hate it, revolutionized online gaming for console players. It needs to be in great shape.

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