Halo: The Master Chief Collection Patch Prepares for Auto-Bans

By Rebecca Smith,
At regular intervals, Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets a playlist update. During this week's playlist update, 343 Industries also implemented a game patch that provided the coding changes they need to alter some of the ways the team deals with auto-bans.

Relic gameplay

343 is looking to make changes to two scenarios in terms of auto-bans. The first is when players leave the match during the matchmaking process. The change will impose a quit ban on those players once the match they quit out of has been completed. The second scenario is looking to remove punishments for players who quit out of unbalanced 4v2 or 4v1 games. Those on the larger team would then be able to quit out of the match without penalty. 343 is not yet sure when they will be implementing these changes and they are definitely not live now, but they're looking forward to player feedback when they are implemented.

Meanwhile, the update also brought a long a series of bug fixes and other gameplay improvements. You can check out a list of those below:

Global Menus

  • Yapyap and his Grunt Rebellion have been driven out and the normal theme has returned
  • Fixed an issue that could result in a profile crashing after creating and removing many UGC files
  • Added Halo 3 Hardcore game variants to built-in Custom Game menu

Matchmaking Updates

  • Adjusted code to help reduce playing the same map multiple times in a row
  • Rotated the Yappening out
  • Rotated Multi Team out
  • Rotated Infection in

Social Games – 8p FFA – Zone Control

  • Halo CE: Reduced Crazy King score-to-win from 120 to 60.
  • Halo 2: Reduced Crazy King score-to-win from 120 to 60.
  • H2A: Reduced Crazy King score-to-win from 120 to 100.
  • Halo 4: Reduced Crazy King score-to-win from 150 to 100.

Social Games - 8p FFA - SWAT

  • Halo 2: Added SWAT to Lockout, Ascension, Ivory Tower, Beaver Creek, Sanctuary, Turf, Desolation, and Tombstone.
  • Halo 3: Added SWAT to Construct, Guardian, Isolation, Boundless, Pit Stop, Foundry, Blackout, Ghost Town, and Cold Storage.
  • Halo 4: Added SWAT to Adrift, Abandon, Haven, Solace, Landfall, Monolith, Skyline, and Pitfall.

Social Games - 8p FFA - Snipers

  • Halo CE: Added Snipers to Damnation, Hang ‘Em High, Derelict, and Boarding Action.
  • Halo 2: Added Snipers to Lockout, Ascension, Midship, Ivory Tower, Sanctuary, Turf, and Tombstone.
  • H2A: Added Snipers to Lockdown, Zenith, and Shrine.
  • Halo 3: Added Snipers to Construct, Guardian, Isolation, Narrows, Snowbound, The Pit, Blackout, Assembly, Citadel, and Heretic.
  • Halo 4: Added Snipers to Abandon, Complex, Haven, Solace, Landfall, Monolith, Pitfall, and Vertigo.

Known Issues with Update

  • After selecting a new voice language to install, the title must be closed and relaunched before it will be installed.
  • Weapon icons are not displayed on Halo CE's loading screens. Due to CE using weapon sets rather than standard starting weapon settings, an alternate set of icons is being developed for CE to be released in a future update.
  • Weapon icon is always displayed as Assault Rifle on H3 Forge loading screen
The above patch is available now.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.
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  • SeitzzSeitzz683,738
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 14:43, Edited on 26 April 19 at 14:43 by SeitzzPermalink
    The unbalanced team ban changes are very much welcome in Halo. I can remember staying in matches just to avoid the bans. It's bad from either side, either you get crapped on because you have no one on your team, or you bore yourself to death until the end of the match or fight for kills with your teammates if you're on the other side.
  • Posted on 26 April 19 at 14:57Permalink
    Good move on the second scenario, because it is no fun to play 4v1 when there is 10 minutes left on the clock.
  • HmizzzHmizzz321,813
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 14:58Permalink
    I hope they'll release Reach sometime this summer :/
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  • Dakrkplayer2Dakrkplayer2777,245
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 16:47, Edited on 26 April 19 at 16:54 by Dakrkplayer2Permalink
    So the third time. It will destoryed their XBOX by make it unsafe. And burn down their house?
    XBOX 4 LIFE
  • AlgurAlgur214,266
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 17:10Permalink
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    So the third time. It will destoryed their XBOX by make it unsafe. And burn down their house?
    ?
  • Dakrkplayer2Dakrkplayer2777,245
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 17:16Permalink
    Algur said:
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    So the third time. It will destoryed their XBOX by make it unsafe. And burn down their house?
    ?
    Do you know sarcasm is. I know it less likely they do it. But timpion for us gamers. So they loss everything they have.
    XBOX 4 LIFE
  • n4k3dLEEn4k3dLEE1,656,461
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 17:22Permalink
    Hmizzz said:
    I hope they'll release Reach sometime this summer :/
    Has anyone heard of a release date for Reach?

    I was thinking it might be one of those things they announce at E3 and say ‘it’s out now’ but that’s just my guess tbh.
  • Posted on 26 April 19 at 17:24Permalink
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    Algur said:
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    So the third time. It will destoryed their XBOX by make it unsafe. And burn down their house?
    ?
    Do you know sarcasm is. I know it less likely they do it. But timpion for us gamers. So they loss everything they have.
    We don't understand the joke and the grammar just never helps the situation.
  • MichelMichel919,406
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 17:34Permalink
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    Algur said:
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    So the third time. It will destoryed their XBOX by make it unsafe. And burn down their house?
    ?
    Do you know sarcasm is. I know it less likely they do it. But timpion for us gamers. So they loss everything they have.
    I'd like to understand your sarcastic "joke" first...
  • Posted on 26 April 19 at 17:42Permalink
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    Algur said:
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    So the third time. It will destoryed their XBOX by make it unsafe. And burn down their house?
    ?
    Do you know sarcasm is. I know it less likely they do it. But timpion for us gamers. So they loss everything they have.
    Before this gets out of hand, I'd like to remind everyone that a lot can get lost in translation when it is just words on the screen.

    Internet etiquette dictates you should end your sarcastic remark with a "/s" to make it abundantly clear to everyone else you are not being serious.

    With that said, getting combative and rude with other forum posters will not be tolerated under the new forum rules.

    Thanks for understanding.
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  • Posted on 26 April 19 at 17:43Permalink
    Maybe the update could fix the (cn) version of this game that would b cool
  • iMaginaryyiMaginaryy1,352,300
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 18:04, Edited on 26 April 19 at 18:05 by iMaginaryyPermalink
    Just making sure this is correct, cuz it's probably not what most people wanted or think:

    "The second scenario is looking to remove punishments for players who quit out of unbalanced 4v2 or 4v1 games. Those on the larger team would then be able to quit out of the match without penalty"
    Fear is the mindkiller.
  • zeldafanjtlzeldafanjtl149,600
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 18:06Permalink
    This game doesn't issue bans for boosting, does it?

    I don't think any Halo games have ever done that, but just wanted to ask.
  • ShinnizleShinnizle761,408
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 18:14Permalink
    zeldafanjtl said:
    This game doesn't issue bans for boosting, does it?

    I don't think any Halo games have ever done that, but just wanted to ask.
    I've seen it happen in Halo 4 in the past, but they are usually just XP bans.
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  • FEEDtheBEA5TFEEDtheBEA5T706,768
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 18:55Permalink
    I always would leave on unbalanced teams, seem like I always get on the team with less people. 4v8 and 3v8 and 2v5 ect. That is no fun getting out gunned all the time, so I usually would leave the game and get warning for quitting early. What I hate is, when I would search for a new game and would end up back in same game I just quit out of. This makes no sense to me to get the ban on games like this when you leave. I can understand if they put you in a even game and you just keep quitting, but ffs that is never the case for me.
    FEEDtheBEA5T (ROWDY)
  • HolyHalfDeadHolyHalfDead468,785
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 19:02, Edited on 26 April 19 at 19:08 by HolyHalfDeadPermalink
    zeldafanjtl said:
    This game doesn't issue bans for boosting, does it?

    I don't think any Halo games have ever done that, but just wanted to ask.
    They most certainly do. The Bungie “banhammer” was one of the first I came across in any game. The bans can last weeks if you are a repeat offender. But boosting won’t get you a permanent ban from all online activity - unlike Gears 4 who gave me a permanent ban from just 1 boosting session - all because there are insufficient players in my region to find a match.

    It was easy to fool early Halo games - make sure your X Y Z co-ordinates keep changing (idle boosting for XP), and make sure everyone in your 4 player split screen gets at least 1 kill during a free-for-all match. You didn’t get banned if there was one match in every few you failed to get a kill.

    I wish multiplayer games wouldn’t put achievements you can only earn in public matches. Then boosters can do their thing and competitive players can do theirs.
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  • planting42planting421,334,880
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 19:24Permalink
    FEEDtheBEA5T said:
    I always would leave on unbalanced teams, seem like I always get on the team with less people. 4v8 and 3v8 and 2v5 ect. That is no fun getting out gunned all the time, so I usually would leave the game and get warning for quitting early. What I hate is, when I would search for a new game and would end up back in same game I just quit out of. This makes no sense to me to get the ban on games like this when you leave. I can understand if they put you in a even game and you just keep quitting, but ffs that is never the case for me.
    As posted above though, they say nothing about the smaller side being able to leave without penalty.
  • JuIIIianJuIIIian563,912
    Posted on 26 April 19 at 20:46Permalink
    I hope their PC issues don't delay the release of Reach on Xbox One. I heard the flights are doing very well on xbox but not PC
    JuIIIian
  • Posted on 26 April 19 at 23:27Permalink
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    Algur said:
    Dakrkplayer2 said:
    So the third time. It will destoryed their XBOX by make it unsafe. And burn down their house?
    ?
    Do you know sarcasm is. I know it less likely they do it. But timpion for us gamers. So they loss everything they have.
    I know that it's a different language/translation thing, but I fucking love your posts!!
    toast
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