I understand what you’re saying. More specifically it would damage the population in social and competitive just due to the fact that it’s another avenue to join or search games.
The custom games browser is on the back burner. I’m in favor of it not coming actually. There’s already social in the match composer and ranked in competitive. I think it would damage the population too much at this point.bruh... in wich way it would damagage the population. it just makes it easier what people are doing anyway. instead of joining groups or sending invites for an hour to get a custom game running you get a browser.
Also you forget the match composer is only made of official gametypes maps etc.... people usually play custom games that are not vanilla at all .... even less vanilla then action sack.
Also dont forget that such updates also attract new players and comebackplayers.
it may be but dont forget that it wont be the majority of players. if a player dosent want to play composer he wont be and if he has no option for something else usually they play something else wic hdosent nessesary mean they will play halo. we dont know population but i think that crossplay between pc and xbox will happen wich further strenghens population ( i would guess in the manner like the new call of duty did it , it stays fair and merged all platforms , very awsome feature ). TBH custom browser WILL come , with the major reason for it being the pc version ( a feature wich is standart on pc gaming except a few games where its almost 100 % of the time critizised because of that ).
The composer is fairly stretched thats true but even then searching for more exotic stuff usually finds me a game. for me that means that the population cant be THAT LOW but again we dont know.
at this point i think we can trust 343 to make the correct choice no matter our bouth opinion. for me they have regained my trust in the last few months ( and the reason is not the pc version ( wich i am still somewhat sceptical about for various reasons, easpacialy after participating in the recent flight ) but the work they have put in mcc in generall