343 has removed some Multiplayer playlists from Halo: The Master Chief Collection for a limited time in a bid to improve the matchmaking.
In a post on Halo Waypoint, Executive Producer Dan Ayoub says that they believe they have found the cause of the matchmaking problems and engineers are working on implementing a fix.
The change in playlist availability is based on the matchmaking which has been working the most reliably since launch and to drive all players there rather than having them sit in endless matchamaking searches.
An update is due to release today and addresses scoring and stats. The update does not include the in development matchmaking fixes.
The following playlists have been temporarily removed:
- Team Hardcore
- Rumble Pit
- Halo 4
- SWAT (rotational)
The new current playlist is:
- Team Halo 2: Anniversary
- Halo Championship Series
- Team Slayer
- Big Team Battle
- Halo 2 Classic
- Halo 3
Matchmaking for the current playlist should occur between 2 and 4 minutes after starting the search, Ayoub confirmed this isn’t ideal but don’t quit the search too early. However, he does recommend stopping the search and starting it again if you do not find a game after 5 minutes.
Some players have also noticed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is not currently using dedicated servers which 343 said the game would have. Franchise Chief Frank O’Connor jumped in to confirm that the game does have dedicated servers, but they were currently not being used because of the matchmaking problems.
Once the problems have been fixed, 343 will reinstate the playlists which have been temporarily disabled.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available world wide now.