Halo: The Master Chief Collection released in 2014 to very troubled beginnings. There were severe problems with matchmaking, hampering the ambitious online experience – four Halo games and their multiplayer modes in one place.
After multiple patches and updates from Microsoft, the experience improved, but it’s still a taint on the franchise’s excellent run. Halo franchise director Frank O’Conner addressed the rocky launch in a recent blog post, and detailed Microsoft’s plans to update the game.
On the game’s launch, O’Conner said:
“[It was] one of my lowest ebbs, professionally. Every angry mail I received, I took to heart. I felt like I had personally let our fans down. I have not spent a single day since the night the game fell down in matchmaking where I didn’t think about it.”
On the full blog post, which is worth reading in its entirety, O’Conner then goes on to shed some light on 343’s plans to update Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One X architecture: “In terms of chicken/egg scenarios, fixing the existing ‘vanilla’ Xbox One MCC was the Chicken that laid the Xbox One X enhanced version egg.”
There isn’t a lot of detail on what to expect for the Xbox One X update, with O’Conner saying it will “Help bring it forward and modernize many of the game’s systems to take advantage of Xbox platform advancements since its original launch.”