How do you know a really good game? When you keep on playing in the face of crippling bugs. That pretty much sums up Halo Infinite in the weeks following launch. We rate it as one of the best multiplayer shooters of recent years, yet the game is riddled with problems that detract from the overall experience.
Chief among them is a matchmaking issue afflicting the action-packed Big Team Battle (BTB) mode. Developer 343 Industries has struggled to iron out such kinks since launch, and anyone who as attempted to enjoy the 12 vs. 12 arena will no doubt have faced seemingly endless loops of reconnecting and joining failures.
Thankfully, a fix is on the horizon. In a post over at Halo Waypoint, 343 community director Brian Jarrard (@sketch) has reassured gamers that “a strike force continued to work on this over the break and we’re optimistic to say we believe we have a fix in hand for the core issue.”
“This went into QA last week and so far it’s looking positive – we are not seeing this issue occur internally using this build.”
An exact release date for the upcoming patch hasn’t been provided, yet the plan is to “release this as soon as we can,” and other fixes are also in the works. A forthcoming update, scheduled for mid-February, is aiming to tackle instances of cheating, with more details expected in the coming weeks.
As frustrating as the bugs are, the sheer thrill of playing Halo Infinite is enough to buy 343 industries some goodwill while updates are gradually rolled out. Such improvements are necessary and welcome, yet expectations are being kept in check, with 343 adding that “some things are going to take more time than many of you, and us, would like.”