343i Cancels Halo: The Master Chief Collection Beta for Upcoming Patch After Delays

343i Cancels Halo: The Master Chief Collection Beta for Upcoming Patch After Delays

A while back, 343 Industries announced a beta for an upcoming major patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. However, the studio has delayed the beta and now they’ve officially canceled it according to a new community update.

The full statement concerning the beta and other new updates can be viewed below:

After further evaluation, the team has determined that that final testing for the content update will be completed internally, and we will not be conducting a beta test for the next CU. Also, it was determined that the additional time and work devoted to the beta would’ve actually postponed the public availability of the content update. Lastly, there were some added challenges surrounding the CU beta – including an extra series of required updates and rollbacks – that made us take a step back and reexamine the CU beta. Ultimately, this plan will allow us to deliver the smoothest possible experience, and ensure that the next content update becomes available as soon as possible.

Progress on the CU continues, and we’ll work to provide an ETA once the final date is locked. As stated last week, our current focus and priority remains delivering the upcoming improvements to the matchmaking and party systems, but the team is also working on and prioritizing additional items beyond this, and I look forward to discussing these – a lot more – as we get closer to those updates.

Lastly, the playlist team is looking to update the playlist lineup with some new options that were mentioned last week, with the soonest additions coming in the form of Team Snipers and an updated cross-game Rumble Pit playlist. Team Snipers will temporarily replace SWAT as the featured playlist, and Rumble Pit will replace Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble. The objective-only playlist is receiving finishing touches and spot checks, but will not be part of this update. As we’ve stated previously, we’re keeping an eye on data and feedback to determine which playlists stay in the mix, and which are swapped out for new experiences.

I’m personally glad that this beta has been pulled, as it will certainly speed up the patch process. Hopefully this will be the last stability update the title needs.