Halo The Master Chief Collection Update Releasing This Week, Will Focus On Matchmaking Improvements
343 Industries has posted an update on the state of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, promising that progress is still being made on the game's matchmaking difficulties and that a patch will be released this week.
The title has experienced online issues since launch, at first making it difficult for players to get matches without many minutes of waiting. Even if games were found, teams were often lopsided and connecting to matches (or staying together after them) was difficult. The first patch did little to improve the situation, but the latest update shortened search times and fixed several connectivity issues.
The new update, according to 343's brief post, will be released at an unspecified time this week:
"The team continues development and testing of upcoming content updates, the next of which will specifically make improvements to the matchmaking system and flow. This particular update is on track for delivery this week. We will provide more details on the exact ETA, included fixes, and additional upcoming content updates in the near future. Please stay tuned to this thread for more details."
Not a single player of the game will be unhappy to hear that more fixes are on the way--the game is much more playable than it was at launch, but things are far from perfect. Searching can still take longer than it should, and even creating custom games is complicated and often forces dropouts. The last patch fixed some campaign and game-specific issues in addition to addressing matchmaking, so hopefully the coming update's focus on the online problems will result in a large degree of success.