Initially planned to take place last week, Halo 4‘s PC beta test for The Master Chief Collection has received a slight delay.
“As of this writing, the team has one remaining blocker to address before we can progress the build to Ring 3 and send out Halo Insider invites,” said Brian Jarrard, Halo’s Community Director, in a post on Halo Waypoint.
“We’re close and, assuming this blocker can get resolved quickly without any further issues, we’re hoping to kick things off next week.”
From the sounds of things, the issue should be resolved shortly, if not already. 343 Industries are hoping to begin beta testing this week instead, with Halo 4 being the final title to come to the PC edition of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
In related news, Halo: The Master Chief Collection also received a new patch across Xbox One and PC that looks to have begun the process of implementing cross-play into the game.
The latest patch notes mention that the update makes “improvements to cross-generation play in advance of the upcoming launch of Xbox Series X and Series S hardware.” While cross-play between console and PC is still in development, this sounds like the team are working on properly supporting how the game will run through backwards compatibility on the next-gen consoles. At this time, there hasn’t been any optimised version of the game announced, but it will likely still benefit from increased load times.
To be honest, I would be 100% for an optimised version of the game. As my favourite video game series, I’d be more than up for hunting down the 700 achievements once more.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is currently available on Xbox One and PC. Halo 4 will soon be added to the PC version, with testing to likely begin this week.