Developer 343 Industries may be gradually turning its attention to the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians — which recently nabbed an October release date — but that doesn’t mean the studio is moving on from the beleaguered Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In fact, earlier today the company outlined the forthcoming content update for the month of April, which will primarily focus on the compilation’s Ranked Playlists.
Taking to Halo Waypoint, 343 touched upon the new-fangled features, and how next month’s patch will strive to address some issues found within the multiplayer segments.
The team continues to build out additional experiences, and is also working to update team sizes for select playlists. This evening we’ve rolled out an update for the Halo: CE playlist that changes the team size from 2-3 players to strictly 2 players, and will be monitoring the playlist for a day or two to ensure that the settings are acting as intended.
Based on results and feedback, we’ll be looking to update team sizes and player counts across existing and upcoming playlists, including Team Doubles, as we get closer to the next update. Lastly, SWAT and Team Snipers will both make a return into the rotation in the near future, and we’ll continue to evaluate playlist data to determine which playlists become permanent additions.
Among these incoming additions is new in-game penalties for quitting or betraying fellow teammates, while the studio has also confirmed that it plans to alter the size of teams within certain playlists such as Combat Evolved. Fans of SWAT and Team Sniper will be pleased to note that these playlists in particular will also be added back into rotation.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s April update is without a release date at the time of writing, though we fully expect 343 to detail the launch date sooner rather than later.