The Halo Master Chief Collection has received a care package filled with ranking, stability and gameplay fixes. In announcing the news of the update, developer 343 Industries also revealed that it intends to expand the collection with the release of the Halo 3: ODST campaign project and a Relic multiplayer map remake. Players can look forward to the free update in May.

Here's a peak at what the package has in store:


General Fixes:

○ User interface has been patch throughout the entire collection, with the latest fix focusing on the stability of notification messages.
○ Career stat tracking and the multiplayer playlist have been improved for Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4.
○  General stability improvements have been made to the entire collection.
Fixed "The Guardians Are Coming" and Spartan Ops achievement.


○ Improved the consistency of voice chat. Fixed the issue that was disrupting voice chat at the ends of games.
○  Improved party mechanics. Increased the speed of roster population for Xbox Live friends after games.
○  Fixed hanging "Leaving Matchmaking" screen.
○  Resolved a problem that was preventing players from automatically joining new Xbox Live friends.


○  Improved the consistency of ranking and penalties.

New Quit and Betrayal Penalties:

○  Quitting a match in a ranked playlist counts as a loss.
○  Quitting is defined as exiting the game in any fashion.
○  Raging or no, leaving any match counts as quitting.
○  Quitting negatively impacts a player's ranking.
○  Quits and betrayal are automatically tracked and excessive acts of either are being addressed.

Visit the Halo blog to see the complete list of changes rolled out in the latest update — and keep an eye out for the one to follow.

"[We are] excited about the progress of the Relic multiplayer map remake and the Campaign for Halo 3: ODST, both of which are on track to release within Halo: The Master Chief Collection next month with our next content update," 343 Industries said. "Look for more details next month, including the final map name for the Relic remake, release date and more."

For those who can't get enough of Halo, the follow-up to the top-down, twin-stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault is now available for Windows and mobile devices. Halo: Spartan Strike picks up where Spartan Assault left off and introduced 30 new missions.

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