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Microsoft Does The Impossible With Halo 5: A Flawless Online Launch

by William Schwartz

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It doesn’t matter where you look, games have been launching broken a lot lately.  Especially games with heavy online components.  Microsoft themselves know this all too well with the frustratingly bad launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection in 2014.  That game saw a launch that rendered the game virtually unplayable for weeks and months after release.  Because of that, Halo 5: Guardians warranted some skepticism on whether or not 343 Industries could pull it together for this all-important exclusive for the Xbox One.

Normally, about this time, message boards are full of ire with disgruntled fans wondering why they can’t play what they’ve just plunked down their hard earned cash for.  Publishers are busy crafting announcements and acknowledgments of said issues, and the waiting game begins for patches and fixes.

Twelve Hours in We’ve Seen Zero Online Issues with Halo 5: Guardians

Microsoft has done the seemingly impossible with Halo 5: Guardians, they’ve made a game that works as it should from the very beginning.  As soon as the clock struck midnight eager Halo fans have been able to play the game they’ve been waiting for, with little to no issues in terms of matchmaking, lag, or the other problems that plague even the biggest game releases.

Of course, there’s still time for things to go awry.  But we’re going out on a ledge here to say that Halo 5: Guardians’ online modes are stable, playable, and entirely enjoyable.  We’ve been extensively testing the game since midnight last night and haven’t encountered a single issue, error, or disconnection from the game.  Dedicated servers probably play a big role in this stability, and while many have laughed about the “power of cloud,” Microsoft’s investment in this is paying big dividends for Halo fans.

While Halo: The Master Chief Collection will go down as one of the worst launches of an Xbox exclusive property, it appears that they’ve learned their lesson.  If you were waiting to see if this one holds up after the issues with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection it might be safe to say that the water is fine.

You can check out our review of Halo 5: Guardians here.

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