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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Update – SWAT, 4v4 Teams, and More Objectives

by Kyle Hanson

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A new matchmaking update has hit Halo: The Master Chief Collection, offering up a number of fan-requested changes that don’t directly tie to the long waits experienced while searching for a match. That larger issue was addressed in the last massive update, which didn’t fix everything, but certainly made the game work better than it ever has before. Instead, today’s update focuses on the team structure and offering more variety to players who want more than just standard Battle Rifle Slayer matches.

The highlights include, making many playlists 4v4 instead of the temporary 5v5 that was put in place during the worst of the matchmaking issues, along with re-adding Team SWAT to the playlist options, and updating the voting mechanic in other playlists to offer more objective modes. Check out the full list of changes below:

  • SWAT has returned as the featured playlist. It features a variety of game types from Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 2 Classic, and Halo 4, and we’re making additional investments to include Halo 3 in the game type rotation for a future update. As we roll out additional content updates, we’ll be bringing other playlists back into the rotation – these include Halo: CE, Halo 4, Team Hardcore, and future featured playlists, such as Team Doubles, Team Snipers, and more. As we mentioned before launch, we’ll be keeping an eye on voting data and player feedback to determine which playlists stay in the rotation.
  • Updated the player count to 4v4 (6 minimum, 8 maximum) for the following playlists:

– Team Slayer
– Halo 2 Classic
– Halo 3
– Halo Championship Series
– SWAT

  • Updated voting options across multiple playlists to improve the balance of appearance of BR-start and objective game types.
  • Updated the “max party size” for Big Team Battle from 4-6, and the team is working on resolving issues that are affecting parties with 8 players. Once resolved, the max party size will return to 8.
  • In a future update, the ranked Halo 2: Anniversary playlist will be moved to 4v4. For now, as the playlist contains a variety of mid-size maps, we’ll be temporarily allowing both 4v4 and 5v5 matches, but have optimized the voting options for this player range. For example, you’ll see less 5v5 Team Slayer BRs on Warlord and more voting options that are catered to the current player counts of 4v4 and 5v5 (8 minimum, 10 maximum). Additionally, you’ll now be able to search as a party of 5. These changes are temporary until we turn ranking online for additional playlists.

Another update is scheduled to hit early next week, so check back here to find out what will be impacted.

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