New patch for Halo Master Chief Collection aims to fix matchmaking

Halo The Master Chief Collection

343 Industries brings in a wealth of fixes to improve the multiplayer.

A new patch update is now available for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that aims to combat the Matchmaking woes that have plagued the game since launch.

“The next time you log into Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you will be prompted to download the latest content update, which is 523 MB,” state 343.“This particular content update addresses a number of matchmaking issues, fixes various bugs related to UI and the party system, and also improves overall stability.

“While this update contains a variety of improvements, we continue to work on additional content updates that will be rolled out to address further issues that you have called out.”

You can read the patch notes in full below.


  • Made improvements to the way the matchmaking system handles player matching
  • Made improvements to the team selection process to improve team balancing
  • Made an update to the party system to improve searching with parties (2+ players)
  • Made further improvements to how matchmaking progress is communicated to the player
  • Made an update to ensure that players do not enter a non-joinable state after searching for a match
  • Made an update to ensure that the “Game Session” UI does not persist after leaving a matchmaking lobby
  • Resolved a variety of incorrectly displayed matchmaking prompts
  • Improved matchmaking roster presentation during team creation phase to remove roster flickering
  • Corrected a “connecting to host” message that incorrectly displayed during the matchmaking searching phase
  • Made an update to ensure that FFA players do not appear as if they are on the red team in the pre-game lobby

Party, Lobby, and Custom Games

  • Made an update to ensure that custom game settings persist between matches
  • Made an update to ensure that player’s player emblems load correctly when returning to lobby
  • Made an update to improve nameplate and emblem display
  • Improved the display of emblems in the “Games Session Details” screen
  • Made improvements to parties to ensure that parties are merged when the host joins another player and “brings party”
  • Made an update to improve party stability after completing a matchmaking game
  • Made an update to ensure that players are joinable after playing a matchmaking game


  • Made a variety of updates to improve UI stability
  • Resolved stability issues that occurred while viewing medals in “Player Details”
  • Made an update to prevent stability issues caused by controller disconnects
  • Made an update to improve post-game-carnage-report stability
  • Made an update to address in-game stability for Halo 2
  • Improved matchmaking stability while searching with parties (2+ players)
  • Addressed a crash that could occur after searching in the Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble playlist
  • Resolved a variety of miscellaneous stability issues to improve overall performance


  • Made an update to ensure that the “Zealot” achievement is unlockable

This latest patch follows a personal apology from 343 studio boss Bonnie Ross for a fraught launch with HTMCC.

“While our team works on continual improvements and towards solutions, my commitment to you is that we will take care of all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Our primary and continued focus is first on fixing the issues at hand. Once we’ve done that, we will detail how we will make this right with our fans,” Ross stated at the time.

Halo Master Chief Collection, Matchmaking Patch Due

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