Halo: Master Chief patch beta test scrapped

The Halo: The Master Chief Collection saga is drawing out a little further, as 343 Industries announces it is “re-evaluating” plans for a beta test for the next update, after postponing the roll-out scheduled to start last week.

The content update will focus on online multiplayer (which is still broken for many people), with improvements planned for lobby/party functionality, matchmaking search time and match search success. The beta test was planned to kick off on January 23, for North American members of the Xbox One Preview Program.

Now though, while we’re guessing the update itself is still in the works, 343 seems to be rethinking its strategy:

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.

The update – when it finally gets here – will also look into title-specific hit registration and matchmaking ranking, while the studio is still working on playlists.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out right now for Xbox One – we hear the singleplayer’s pretty good.

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