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Welcome to MCC Insider Flight #3! (PHASE TWO)

UPDATE 8/13/18
As of 12PM PDT today, the MCC Insider Program is now officially closed to new applications. Please stay tuned for additional information on the future of the program and how the community will be able to continue helping to test and provide feedback for future MCC updates.

UPDATE 8/9/18
Please join us this weekend for official matchmaking play sessions to help us test recent changes! Insiders who play a lot of games could earn a special MCC Insider lobby nameplate! Official play times are Friday 8/10, Saturday 8/11, and Sunday 8/12 from 10AM to 1PM PDT and 6PM to 9PM PDT. Check out THIS POST for more info!

UPDATE 8/7/18
Everyone who has successfully registered for the MCC Insider Program as of 12PM PDT on Monday, 8/6, should now have access to the flight build!

If you haven't registered yet, please note: MCC Insider registration will close permanently at 12PM PDT on Monday, 8/13. Everyone who registers between 12:01PM PDT on Monday, 8/6 and 12:00PM PDT on Monday, 8/13, will receive build access the afternoon of 8/13. Following that, no more players will be added to the MCC Insider Program. Please see THIS POST for more info.

UPDATE 7/30/18
Beginning today, we're moving into PHASE TWO and access to the MCC Insider flight build is rolling out to ALL registered MCC Insiders! Everyone who is a confirmed, registered MCC Insider as of Monday, 7/30 at 12:00PM, will be included in this group.

NOTE: MCC Insiders will NOT receive an initial email to confirm this build. Instead, go to the Xbox Insider App to opt-in and find the MCC Insider build. Once installed, you're up and running!
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INSTALLING THE BUILD
In order to get this first build you'll need to access the Insider Hub, which is available from the Store on your Xbox One. Please note that access is linked to the Gamertag you used to sign up for MCC Insider Program.
Follow the steps below to get everything pre-installed for now:
  • On your Xbox One, head to the Store.
  • Search for and install the Xbox Insider Hub app.
  • Launch the Insider Hub app and select Insider Content from the left side menu.
  • Select the MCC Insider icon under Available content.
  • Within the MCC Insider Hub click Join to officially register for flight builds. The build should The registration process may take some time and you may receive a message asking you to check back a bit later.
  • If your build does not download automatically, you may need to select the Show in Store to initiate the install.
  • Check out this troubleshooting guide if you're having issues locating/installing the build
FEEDBACK
Your feedback is extra important this time around - we need our current group of active MCC Insider flight participants to help us dig into the build this week so the team can identify and address any issues that may arise so we can open the program up to everyone.

This weekend one of our goals is to isolate a specific issue. If you experience corruption we need to know the OS version you are on. To obtain this information please navigate to Settings > System > Console Info. After navigating here please select “OS Version” and provide the entire OS version information. Examples of corruption can be found here.

Please use the following official threads to share your MCC Insider Flight #3 Phase Two Feedback:
Additionally, if you encounter an issue during the game, we encourage you to use the "Report a Problem" functionality of the Xbox Insider Program. Hold down the Xbox jewel, select "Report a Problem" and follow the on-screen prompts.

Remember to keep an eye on the in-game Message-the-Day ("MELD") as well as the Xbox Insider HUB for the latest flight info and known issues.

WHAT'S IN THE FLIGHT?
This latest build will include ALL of MCC in its current, work-in-progress state. Work continues and there are sure to be issues that arise - both known and unknown - but we're excited to finally get the entire product out into the wild for Insiders to get hands-on.

FOCUS AREAS
For this flight, we're asking our participants to please focus on the following:
  • Testing Intelligent Installation
  • Campaigns & Campaign Co-op
  • Custom Games
  • Forge
  • Theater
Feel free to play and spend time in any/all of these modes - none of which are dependent on matchmaking.

We do have a few official play times scheduled to help get players into matchmaking. A limited number of playlists will be available and the offerings are subject to change depending on overall player engagement and population levels.

In general, "Official" recommend playtimes are:
  • 10AM - 1PM PDT
  • 6PM - 9PM PDT
And remember, you're free (and highly encouraged!) to play as much as you want across the entire MCC product offering any time you want outside of the official MP times above. Online player populations will vary greatly depending on day/time/region, so keep in mind your own experience may vary, particularly during off-peak times.

CONFIDENTIALITY
Just like last time, we're easing the restrictions on this flight and participants are free to stream, post screens and videos, and discuss on social and on forums. However, just like last time, please note that all email communications and official surveys are STILL CONSIDERED CONFIDENTIAL.

KNOWN ISSUES
This latest MCC build is huge - it's the entire game! - which means there's a lot more for players to dig into and a lot more for the team to monitor. Please see this TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE for help with build installation issues or corrupted installations.

As of today, 8/3, we are aware of the following key known issues:

  • Intelligent Delivery - We are aware of some issues where players may receive "corrupted chunks" of games when opting to install pieces via the new Intelligent Delivery feature. If you find that maps/modes are missing in custom game menus, languages change unexpectedly when navigating through menus, or are unable to launch customs or matchmaking period, you may have a corrupted installation. The first thing you should do is try to re-install the respective game component from the Intelligent Delivery menu. If you're unable to do this, or it doesn't solve the issue, you will need to remove/reinstall the entire MCC Insider build. The team is working on this issue now and will push an update as soon as a fix is in place.
  • Halo 3 ODST is NOT included in the MCC Insider Build (it will be back in the game by the time the retail update is released)
  • LAN - The new LAN functionality is available in this Insider build and we'd love to get your early feedback on this new feature! Please Note: For these flights, players will still NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET IN ORDER TO PLAY LOCAL LAN GAMES. Any internet connection will NOT be required once the update arrives to retail MCC.
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Here's some additional info and insights for MCC Insider Flight #3!

INTELLIGENT DELIVERY
This new feature is now included in the flight build and allows players to choose which components of MCC they'd like to install. You can read a bit more about this in the MCC Development Update #4 blog. Intelligent Delivery is accessible via the "Options & Career" page, located under "Settings."

By default, MCC will update and install the ENTIRE package (approx. 70GB) but Intelligent Delivery lets you customize your installation. Once the game has reached the "Now Playable" state during installation, if you launch the game you should then be able to pick the Intelligent Delivery options and opt-out of specific content you may not want. For the purposes of our Insider testing, we'd love folks to eventually install the entire game but we also want folks to experiment with Intelligent Delivery configurations and let us know how it goes!

Intelligent Delivery includes the following options:
  • Halo: Combat Evolved = Campaign + Multiplayer
  • Halo 2 = Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Halo 2: Anniversary MP (w/ Forge) & Halo 2 Classic MP)
  • Halo 3 = Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Forge)
  • Halo 4 = Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Spartan Ops & Forge)
Intelligent Delivery also includes the option to choose which language you want to use for all games, including audio and text. If the default language isn't supported by some games, players will have the option to select the fallback language they'd like to use.

Language options include:

Audio:
        • English
        • French
        • German
        • Spanish (ES)
        • Italian
        • Japanese
        • Korean
        • Polish
        • Portuguese (BR)
        • Russian
        • Spanish (MX)
        • Traditional Chinese (TW)
Text:
        • English
        • French
        • German
        • Spanish (ES)
        • Italian
        • Japanese
        • Korean
        • Polish
        • Russian
        • Simplified Chinese (CN)
        • Spanish (MX)
        • Traditional Chinese (TW)
LOCAL AREA NETWORK (LAN)
This is a new feature that allows players who are on the same network to play with each other via a local connection with minimal latency. LAN is accessible via the "Options & Career" page under "Settings."

The "Network" tab will show a module where players can navigate from "Xbox Live (Default)" to "LAN." When set to "LAN", this will populate the Roster to display all players who are on the same network.

NOTE: For the MCC Insider build only, LAN play will still require all players to be connected to the internet. An internet connection will NOT be required once the update is released to retail MCC.
We are so very happy to welcome all of our registered MCC Insiders into the our Public Test Realm to help us test out the recent changes and evolving improvements to MCC! This environment and process has allowed us to get raw feedback from the community on changes we are making and help us further improve MCC.

This weekend we want to get some very critical information from players who are seeing corrupted installs and also remind players that we are indeed testing new features. Bugs do happen and with your help, we want to make sure we can fix as many as possible prior to our first retail update. However, we need your help to play and provide feedback on these features.

Feedback Request 1: Party Matching

One of these new features is the addition of party matching which was enabled earlier this week in Ranked Halo 3 Team Arena. Currently it is enabled in Halo 3 Ranked Team Hardcore and we are looking for feedback. This feature is a work in progress – and this isn’t the final version we will be shipping as we have already identified a bug that sometimes allows a team of 4 to match with non-teams of 4. We have seen players express frustration and say they will not participate due to this bug and we would like to remind you all that this is the time to test it! We need you to play in it, stress the system for us, and help provide feedback on what needs to be improved. We will continue to iterate throughout this process and need you to play it and give feedback.

Feedback Request 2: Intelligent Delivery

We have made some recent improvements to this feature and are trying to isolate any users who are having corruption issues still. The corruption previously was appearing when selecting to re-arrange and install different games in various orders. Examples can be found here. But it can present as being unable to play areas of the game you installed, audio issues followed by crashes, and other abnormalities followed by catastrophic failure to play the game.

If you experience corruption we need to know the OS version you are on. To obtain this information please navigate to Settings > System > Console Info. After navigating here please select “OS Version” and provide the entire OS version information.

Example: OS Version 1806.180623-1359

Thank you for taking the time to help us improve Halo MCC through our Public Test Realm and MCC Insider Program. We look forward to the feedback and hearing from as many people as possible. As always, see you all online!

Cheers,
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