Microsoft is beta testing the latest Halo patch

Beta tests for games are nothing new. Patches for games are (unfortunately) nothing new either. But a beta test for a patch? That’s not something we’ve really seen before – and it’s exactly what Microsoft is doing for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Far from the glorious return of the space cowboy, The Master Chief Collection was a broken mess at launch, and it’s not much better now, more than two months after.

So, developer 343 Industries has decided that rather than rolling out an update that might fix the game’s matchmaking issues, it’ll instead run a beta test version for a while instead. Xbox One gamers in North America can sign up and head off on a bug-finding mission. The beta will test “changes to the matchmaking experience and party system”, says 343.

The studio’s also put together a handy FAQ about the beta, in case you were wondering:

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 beta kicks off this Friday, January 23 – but only if you’re in North America, have opted in for Xbox One beta testing through the Xbox One Preview program, and have a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The rest of us are stuck with a broken game for a while longer, it seems.

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