An Xbox mainstay is getting new life via the Game Pass subscription service and a handful of updates. Throughout the month of October, 343 Industries has planned four updates for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Two have been available as of October 3 and October 10 and the studio has teased upcoming changes in the next two, including the return of the Infection game mode, a custom nameplate, new matchmaking features, and expanded controller options.
On the latest Halo Waypoint news post, 343 Industries recapped the October updates thus far and fed the hype train for new Halo: The Master Chief Collection additions. The first two addressed quality of life issues, like crashing in Spartan Ops episode 9 chapter 1, and added matchmaking playlist setting changes to address community concerns.
The next update, which would be the third of four, is tentatively targeted for October 17 and brings back the Infection game mode to matchmaking. In this mode, uninfected players attempt to stay that way by surviving zombie players that are out to kill them and turn them into infected. Infection was removed from matchmaking in the August update and the 343 Industries feels that the timing is right to bring it back with Halloween right around the corner. Everyone that plays Infection between October 17 through October 31 weill earn a new lobby nameplate.
The fourth and final October update is tentatively targeted for October 31, but could possibly shift to early November. In it, there will be bug fixes, quality of life inprovements for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and the new Match Composer matchmaking option. The name of this option could change before it goes live, but it will allow for quick matchmaking through the use of presets and customized choices the player makes. The launch of this will coincide with the end of the Social Matchmaking playlists under the "Find Game" option.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available with all new updates right now on Xbox One via the store or Xbox Game Pass subscription. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.