The long-awaited update expected to drastically fix the issues plaguing Halo: MCC’s multiplayer (amongst other things) since launch is here. And, from my experience at least, it appears to have delivered!
The below video is a recording of my first match search since I updated the game, showing a search time just shy of a minute. (From initiation to complete team listing)
It should also be noted that the teams were balanced from the get-go and that my game was beautifully smooth in connection performance, from start to finish. The matchmaking search background has also changed to a pleasingly dynamic series of video clips taken from the campaigns.
Full update notes are as follows:
- Made a variety of updates to improve matchmaking performance and success rates
- Improved matchmaking search times/time to match
- Improved stability throughout the matchmaking process across all titles
- Improved party stability
- Made improvements to multiplayer shot registration
- Improved campaign stability across a variety of levels
- Addressed stability issues for matchmaking and custom games
- Fixed issues around resuming H2A Campaign from “remastered” mode
- Improved medal display consistency
- Fixed issues regarding aim assist which resulted in the reticle being pushed away from an enemy
- Improved shot registration consistency between host / client in peer-to-peer custom game matches
- Resolved a variety of UI inconsistencies, including team color randomization, medals, and in-game scoreboard display
At the end of the post we are asked to provide feedback and “check back for details as the team continues work on next month’s content update”, meaning that any further bug fixes etc are now planned to come on a monthly basis.
I’d like to add a personal opinion point here and remind people that it says “content update”. I have already seen a large amount of uproar that the game will not be touched now for a whole month, including playlists, ranking etc. I’m certain that this is not the case – “content update” refers to updates to game functionality whereas adjustments to the playlist offerings and ranking systems for those playlists will come in separate updates called “playlist updates”. Whilst there has been no quotable source for this, I’d say it’s pretty evident in Halo blog posts that the two are classed as such. For instance, see the below excerpt from the previous blog post, which shows the classification:
I have yet to test some of the other issues for myself, such as party searches and custom games, but the overall response I have seen so far suggests the game is now at a virtually fully-functional stage – go and
test enjoy it for yourself!
P.S. It’s now Spring, so expect ODST and the remastered “Relic” map to appear in MCC in the near future!
How is MCC now working for you?
Let us know in the comments!