Good Morning Halo Insiders,
In case you haven’t heard about it, you still can register for the Halo Insider program
. Sign-ups are always available if you want to participate in future flighting for Halo titles. Currently flighting is focused on Halo: Reach as part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but it will also serve as a testing ground for all
titles that make up the Master Chief Collection.
What does the Halo Insider program entail? How does one sign-up (or opt-out)? Get the answers to these questions and many more on the Registration page HERE
, or in the Insider forums HERE
In addition, if you haven’t been following our previous updates, I highly encourage you to take a few minutes and get caught up on some important background info about the Halo Insider Program, public flighting, and the overall project itself. Consider this a pre-requisite and required reading before you get any further in today’s post:
Now that you have gotten through all that light reading, let’s get into some new goodness.Flight Two – FireFlight
When undergoing major updates such as adding an entirely new game to MCC or bringing MCC to PC, a critical component in this process is to get community involvement early and often. This means you to get hands-on time to play, test, and provide feedback for our in-progress builds via the Xbox Insider app on console and via Steam on PC.
Since the conclusion of Flight One the team has been working on the next, affectionately dubbed FireFlight. Today we are happy to say that this flight number two will begin today!Participants
Invites have started to roll out for the FireFlight participants that have been chosen. With this flight, the team has increased the size of the user pool to 10,000 invitees. Those who were invited to Flight One may have not received an invite again to this flight as the requirements the team has chosen for participants has changed.
However, even with this bigger group, most of the overall Halo Insider population will still not be included quite yet. For Flight Two we’re continuing to intentionally limit the number of users as we gradually ramp up in size and scope to appropriately test various hardware configurations, operating systems, and other various scenarios we are looking to test at scale. Should you not be invited this time, we sincerely appreciate your interest and eagerness to help. There is more to come.Scope
In the Halo Insider MCC Flight One we focused entirely on the Halo: Reach campaign mission, Tip of the Spear. For the second PC flight we will be focusing on verifying Firefight and Firefight matchmaking at scale.Maps
During this flight we will rotate two different Firefight playlists throughout the duration with only one available at any given time.
- 4-player Heroic standard Firefight
- 4-player Normal grab bag Firefight
As with all flights, keep in mind that this represents a snapshot of an in-progress build at a specific moment in time – which is not as current as what’s being actively developed at this very moment. Flights are also clearly limited in scope which means many of MCC’s features and broader offerings are not included. Participants will want to check out the “Known Issues” post on Halo Support for the latest and greatest details to be aware of for this flight.Feedback
In conjunction with the Halo Insider MCC flights, we are also beta testing the all new Halo Support site. This is a new site that allows you to learn about known issues and how to troubleshoot them. It also provides a forum to discuss feedback you have around the game, and lets you submit support tickets for technical issues that have not been previously reported. To learn more about the Halo Support site, please take a look at this post all about it HERE
Those who are participating in the MCC flights will be granted access to the Halo Support site using that same account that they registered with for Halo Insider. If you have feedback during the flights, please take some time and post in the Community section over on the Halo Support site. Otherwise, we look forward to getting your thoughts as part of the survey that will come after the flight has concluded.Dates & Play Sessions
- August 24, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT
- August 25, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT
- August 26, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT
This flight has gone live today, Saturday, 8/24, as we set our cruising altitude for the duration of the weekend. We will come in on our final approach on Tuesday, 8/27 before clearing all rows at 10 AM PT and sending out a survey in the following day or two asking users about their experience for the duration of the flight.
The FireFlight invites to all participants have begun rolling out at 10AM this morning. So, check those inboxes (spam folders included) and get ready! Thank you everyone who has registered to participate and to those who are invited. Your time and efforts along with your feedback are helping to shape MCC on PC! Next week, we will discuss how the flight went and start ramping up discussions around the next planned Xbox One PvP Flight the team will shift focus over to.