Xbox Boss Wants Halo: Reach Backward Compatible On Xbox One

Halo: The Master Chief Collection originally offered fans Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 before adding Halo 3: ODST as an apology to fans for the game’s terrible launch. However, that means that the only main Halo game that gamers can’t play on Xbox One is Halo: Reach, a game that many consider the best of the lot.

Halo Reach

While there are no plans yet to get it added to the collection, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a shot at being playable on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. A fan asked Xbox Boss Phil Spencer on twitter about Halo: Reach making it to Xbox One, to which Spencer replied with, “I’d like to see it come via back compat.”

I’d personally love to see it added to the Master Chief Collection by 343 Industries, as then gamers would have the complete collection prior to the release of Halo 5: Guardians.

New Master Chief Collection Update Finally Adds Team Objective

The Master Chief Collection finally has some highly-requested content.

343 Industries has released a new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that will bring some highly-requested playlists to the game.

First up is Team Objective, which will bring objective-based matches utilizing maps from all of the collection’s games. I can’t tell you how important it is to have this playlist in the mix, as just about everyone votes for slayer and that means there often isn’t enough game type variety.

Team SWAT has also been made a permanent playlist, so for those of you who like your Halo without shields (AKA Call of Duty) then you’re now all set.

The devs have also added some new maps to different playlists, including Burial Mounds to Halo 2, Longest to Team Slayer, Exile CTF to Halo 4 and more.

April Update For Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming Soon, Adding Team Objective

The Master Chief Collection is set to receive some nice updates for those who are still on board.

343 Industries’ Halo: The Master Chief Collection got off to a rocky start, but things are really looking better now as stability has improved and more modes have been added to the mix. The latest update added Team Doubles to Halo 2 Classic, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4.

However, another big update is coming this month that 343 assures is almost ready and they are putting on the “finishing touches and running final test passes.” This update is set to penalize those who quit excessively and kill their own teammates while also improving the ranking system.

Also, in the coming weeks the game is set to receive a (MUCH NEEDED) Team Objective playlist. This is something that the game has sorely needed from the get-go, because 9 times out of 10 people will vote for slayer over objective-type games. Even when it came to a tie, the mode on the left gets the decision and slayer is ALWAYS on the left. God, it will be nice to have objective back.

Huge ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ Update Available Now

Time to download yet another massive update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Another major update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now live, 343 Industries has revealed. It is a reportedly huge update to increase matchmaking performance that has been in the works for well over a month.

343 reports that this new update will improve matchmaking search times while also improving the stability of multiplayer matches. There have also been a handful of fixes to annoyances that have been present since the game launched back in November, such as the ability to stay with your party after backing out of a game

While it has been several weeks since I’ve signed onto the Master Chief Collection, the game was definitely at a point that was much improved over the game’s launch. It was still by no means perfect, but the game is slowly but surely getting to the point that it should have been at months ago. The boneheads just shouldn’t have released it in that state in the first place, though.

‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ Matchmaking Content Update Delayed?!

Looks like we will be waiting even longer for this “fix”.

So, if you have been trying to get an online match in the recently released Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you have probably come to the realization that it is currently a steaming pile of poop. It takes forever to find a match, the playlists are few and the game regularly freezes before or after an eventual match is found. In other words, it is complete and utter hell.

343 Industries, the developers behind this collection of Halo games, have claimed to be doing everything they can to get this sinking ship from submerging completely. They recently revealed that they will be releasing a content update that will aim to sort out a lot of the issues that gamers have been dealing with for an entire week now. Well, sorry to pour salt in your wounds (and mine), but that update has now been delayed.

The devs have revealed that they need more time for testing and adding additional fixes, now claiming that the update will come “later this week“. Yup, so now we don’t even have an official date for this update that will supposedly fix this mess. I guess this means we all get to look forward to even more buggy Halo goodness until the very specific “later this week”. Can’t wait!

‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ Is Yet Another Broken Launch Week For Gamers

Another broken launch week for gamers. *sigh*

I was absolutely thrilled when Halo: The Master Chief Collection was announced at this year’s E3. Although I was mostly hoping just to get an anniversary edition of the classic Halo 2 so I could relive that game’s groundbreaking multiplayer, they did one better and announced I’d be getting all 4 Master Chief games remastered for the price of one. This was a great move as it not only gave the hardcore fans a single package where they could access a huge chunk of the Halo universe in one place, but it also gives a chance for newcomers to catch up on the story before Halo 5: Guardians launches sometime next year. This is a win all around!

Well, in theory. Ever since the game launched this Tuesday the matchmaking has been an absolute mess. Sure, the core game’s themselves play fine, but what many people are going to be spending the majority of their time in is the multiplayer. Not only has 343 made questionable moves with the multiplayer playlists, but the actual matchmaking itself is a disaster. I’ve spent hours trying to get Halo 2 Classic games going, yet I’ve had to deal with ridiculous waiting times to begin just one match. To make matters worse, some of those matches froze before they even began, making it even more infuriating. I even had a few instances where it froze after the match concluded, resulting in me having to restart the Xbox One numerous times.

343 has been claiming that they are doing everything they can on twitter to fix these problems, even going so far as to eliminate several playlists just to ensure that the few still remaining work well. Well, one of those playlists is Halo 2 Classic, and to be honest it is even worse than before. The waiting times for matches is still ludicrous, but the last session I had contained some outrageous lag on top of it. Not only have the seriously crippled the multiplayer features, but things have actually managed to get worse in the process. I mean REALLY?

Releasing a game in this state is unacceptable, because when you purchase a game on launch you expect (and DESERVE) it to be 100% functional. You’ve payed the full price for the product, so you should be getting the full product with all of its features being operational. I know that there are some things that can’t be worked out until the servers have the weight of the millions of gamers on them, but when you’re at a point where they’re struggling to play for several days then something is terribly wrong. It’s all bringing back the memories of the crappy launch of Destiny a couple months ago(which is interesting considering Destiny‘s Bungie used to run this very series), where constant problems lead to an entire week of not being able to enjoy that $60 game.

This broken launch week for a highly anticipated AAA title is a trend that needs to be snuffed out, because our time and money is being needlessly wasted. There are people that are planning their days around playing these games after going to work, school, etc., yet because of a massive derp by the devs they have to suffer through this nonsense. If you’re in a situation where problems can be this big, then you need to do more in the weeks leading up to the launch to ensure all problems are minimal. Do alphas, betas, or even soft launches to get an idea of the areas that need improving, rather than just allowing the consumers to sit out in the cold for days while you get your sh*t together. Have some respect for the millions of people supporting you.

HaloFest 2014 Revealed

Oh yes, there is a HaloFest.

Very big times are ahead for the Halo franchise, as it will be seeing the release or reveal of a few highly anticipated things over the course of the next couple of months. Next month fans will be able to pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which packages together remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, as well as a live action show called Halo: Nightfall and access to the beta to Halo 5: Guardians coming in December.

Thought all of that was enough? Well, think again! It has now been revealed that there will be what is called HaloFest 2014, which is an online event that will have Microsoft and 343 Industries broadcast info regarding all things Halo. They are expected to reveal the debut episode of Halo: Nightfall, as well as premiering footage of the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians. Sprinkled throughout all of this will be interviews with members of the crew discussing the series, from where it has been, where it is now and where it is headed.

As of this article there is no news on when exactly this event will take place, but I would guess that it will be around the time that Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases. That game is set to be released exclusively for the Xbox One on November 11th, 2014.