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Microsoft: What went wrong with Halo: The Master Chief Collection (and what’s in store)

Microsoft is still planning on updating Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One X and Frank O’Conner addressed the rocky launch.

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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.”


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