Halo: The Master Chief Collection has had quite the rocky start this week as the title has suffered from continuous matchmaking problems. An update that released on Wednesday was supposed to address these issues, but late yesterday, we learned 343 Industries has removed a number of active playlists from the game in order to ease the title’s ongoing issues.
343 Industries executive producer Dan Ayoub revealed four playlists have temporarily been cut, leaving a total of six, which as a result, will lower matchmaking wait times. The playlists that were cut include Team Hardcore, Rumble Pit, Halo 4, and SWAT Rotational, leaving the following playlists available: Team Halo 2 - Anniversary, Halo Championship Series, Team Slayer, Big Team Battle, Halo 2 Classic and Halo 3.
Unfortunately, Ayoub admits this change may not resolve all matchmaking issues, although the studio is continuing to investigate server-side fixes and content updates that would hopefully result in an actual fix over the coming weeks. In the meantime, 343 advises not wait longer than four minutes in order to get into a match. Instead, players should return to the lobby and search for another match.