Halo: The Master Chief Collection April Content Update Will Fix Ranks And Add Punishments For Quitters

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Apr 16, 2015 02:41 PM EDT

The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update has been sent into certification and is due for release next week.

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The game has come a long way since its undeniably rocky launch, but there is still plenty to be fixed and added. Players quitting out is irritating, and the ranks system is barely implemented. 343 today announced what the April update will bring, and it will address several of those issues.

New penalties and a system for monitoring quitting and betrayals is one of the highlighted additions, tracking repeat offenders and hopefully keeping them out of your games. Various "ranking system improvements and fixes" are on the way, and Halo 3's Forge has been upgraded.

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Here's the great news on the ranking specifics:

"The April CU will contain a wide variety of improvements to the ranking system, which will allow us to begin to roll out ranks to additional playlists. Shortly after the content update drops (we're aiming for the next day or so), we'll be resetting ranks for the Halo 2: Anniversary playlist, and also adding ranking to Team Slayer and the Halo Championship Series playlists."

"Over the following days, we'll be monitoring results to ensure that everything is working properly before adding ranks to additional playlists. With this same update, we'll be bringing SWAT back as the featured playlist, this time with Halo 3 game types included, as the April CU will also bring with it some additional fixes to allow for Halo 3 map / game type integration into new and existing playlists. This also means that over the next few updates, you can expect more non-default Halo 3 maps and game types to make their way into matchmaking."

All of that sounds like it will make the game a lot better. I know it had difficulties at launch and for a while after--quite bad ones--but the working game is fun at its core, and these additions should make playing it much more enjoyable. Fingers crossed!

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