SWAT Returns In New Halo: MCC Server Update, Includes More Playlist Improvements

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection has undergone a playlist update that re-enables a number of previously disabled features and adds a few improvements across the board to the collection’s online experience.

For starters, SWAT returns but only features game types from Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 2, and Halo 4. Halo 3 game types are to be added in a future update as are additional multiplayer playlists including Halo: CE, Halo 4, Team Hardcore, and more.

Matches have also been balanced to 4v4 players in a number of playlists while the max party size for Big Team Battle has been increased from 4 to 6. Maximum party size will return to 8 once certain issues causing the bug have been ironed out.

For the full list of changes in the recent server-side update, check out the change log below, and keep your sights on MP1st for more Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates.

Halo: MCC December 10 Server Update

  • SWAT has returned as the featured playlist. It features a variety of game types from Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 2 Classic, and Halo 4, and we’re making additional investments to include Halo 3 in the game type rotation for a future update. As we roll out additional content updates, we’ll be bringing other playlists back into the rotation – these include Halo: CE, Halo 4, Team Hardcore, and future featured playlists, such as Team Doubles, Team Snipers, and more. As we mentioned before launch, we’ll be keeping an eye on voting data and player feedback to determine which playlists stay in the rotation.
  • Updated the player count to 4v4 (6 minimum, 8 maximum) for the following playlists:
    • Team Slayer
    • Halo 2 Classic
    • Halo 3
    • Halo Championship Series
    • SWAT
  • Updated voting options across multiple playlists to improve the balance of appearance of BR-start and objective game types.
  • Updated the “max party size” for Big Team Battle from 4-6, and the team is working on resolving issues that are affecting parties with 8 players. Once resolved, the max party size will return to 8.
  • In a future update, the ranked Halo 2: Anniversary playlist will be moved to 4v4. For now, as the playlist contains a variety of mid-size maps, we’ll be temporarily allowing both 4v4 and 5v5 matches, but have optimized the voting options for this player range. For example, you’ll see less 5v5 Team Slayer BRs on Warlord and more voting options that are catered to the current player counts of 4v4 and 5v5 (8 minimum, 10 maximum). Additionally, you’ll now be able to search as a party of 5. These changes are temporary until we turn ranking online for additional playlists.