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Good Morning Friends,

And welcome back, Spartans, to another weekly Matchmaking update for MCC! This week, our continued Halo 3 Celebration event is ongoing, and we have a couple changes to improve your matchmaking experience. Full details are listed below:

Playlist Changes
  • High Ground and Vindictive (Sandbox) have been removed from Halo 3 Ranked Team Slayer
Challenge Improvements
  • Resolved an issue where kills with the Fuel Rod Gun were not counting towards progress in some instances
  • Resolved an issue where kills with the Scorpion were not counting towards progress in some instances
Halo 3 Celebration Event
To continue celebrating the launch of Halo 3 on PC, we have several ongoing events and a triple XP weekend coming up! All times listed below are in PT (UTC-7):
  • Players can earn the Acrophobia skull by completing the timed “Acrophobia” challenge between 7/13 8pm – 7/29 10am
  • Earn the exclusive “Alliance” nameplate by completing the timed “Three’s Company” challenge between 7/13 8am – 7/29 10am
  • Triple XP weekend from 7/24 10am – 7/27 10am
Make sure to get in on the fun while earning triple XP this weekend Spartans! As always, we will see you online.

Cheers,
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Good Morning Friends,

This week brings with our regular planned Matchmaking update a game update! Full details of this patch can be found HERE. The TL;DR breakdown is that we're bringing you Team Duals, some Challenge adjustments, and bug fixes for challenges! Full details below:

Game Update
  • Fixed an issue where challenge progress was not retained across multiple platforms.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes on relaunch, your challenge progress would display as none.
  • Fixed an issue where challenge progress could display less than the actual progress made.

Playlist Changes
  • Rotated in Duals in Social 4v4 for Halo 2: Classic, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo 3
  • Rotated in Duals in Social FFA for Halo 2: Classic, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo 3

Challenge improvements
  • Reduced score requirement of weekly campaign score challenge from 50,000 to 20,000
Jump in and enjoy double the fun today!

Cheers,
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Good Morning,

Spartans, it’s time to suit up and sight in your scopes! Shotty Snipers is back again in the featured slot for social 4v4 and 8p FFA. Full details for this week’s changes are below:

Rotational Playlist Changes
  • Shotty Snipers rotates into the featured category
  • Duals rotates out of the featured category
Shotty Snipers
  • 4v4 Social
  • 8p Social FFA
Get out there and make us proud Spartans. As always, thank you for playing, and we will see you online!

Cheers,
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Good Morning,

Welcome back, Spartans for another weekly Playlist update. Get ready to hit the field to score goals as Grifball returns to MCC!

Playlist Changes
  • Rotated Grifball into the featured category in social games
  • Rotated out Shotty Snipers
Whether you prefer sword or hammer, make sure to keep those matches clean! As always, thank you for playing and we will see you online!

Cheers,
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Hello Friends,

And welcome back Spartans to another weekly Matchmaking update for MCC! This week grab your rockets, a friend, and get ready for Rocket Race which is available for a limited time! Full details are listed below:

Playlist Changes
  • Rotated Rocket Race into the featured category in social games
  • Rotated out Griball
This classic game type is one for the ages, and we hope you enjoy! As always, thank you for playing, and we will see you online!

Cheers.
Postums
Good Morning,

Gather round Spartans. The time has come for another weekly Matchmaking update for MCC. This week randomness is your friend (or foe) as Fiesta becomes available for a limited time! Full details are listed below:

Playlist Changes
  • Rotated Fiesta into the featured category for social 4v4 and 8p FFA
  • Rotated out 2v2v2v2 Rocket Race
This luck of the draw game type is a fan favorite amongst the community, and we hope you enjoy! As always, thank you for playing, and we will see you online!

Cheers,
Postums
Good Morning,

Another week brings another Matchmaking update. This week, we are bringing you Team Duals! Read on for full details of this week’s changes:

Playlist Changes
  • Rotated in Duals into the featured category for Social 4v4
  • Rotated out Fiesta
Get out there and make us proud Spartans! As always, thank you for playing and we will see you online!

Cheers,
Postums
Good Morning Friends,

Play ball! Tomorrow's sport returns today. Pick up those Gravity Hammers and Energy Swords as you battle it out in Grifball.

Playlist Changes
  • Grifball rotates in
  • Duals leaves the party
Score more points than your opponent to win. See you on the court, Spartans!

Cheers,
Postums
Good Morning Friends,

It is time again to get ready for ranged combat in this week’s playlist update! Shotty Snipers is back again in the featured slot for social 4v4 and 8p FFA. Full details for this week’s changes are below:

Rotational Playlist Changes
  • Shotty Snipers rotates into the featured category
  • Grifball rotates out of the featured category
Halo Insider Reminder
Flighting for Halo 4 is on the horizon and we want you to get in on the action! Please head over to https://aka.ms/HaloInsider to register for our flighting program. Make sure to verify your email, select the platforms you can participate on, and check back each Friday for our weekly updates on development and when the next flights will being at https://aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC.

We will see you online Spartans and don’t forget, next week Halo 3: ODST is joining Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC with ODST Firefight making its way to Xbox One as well. Happy hunting, and we will see you online!

Cheers,
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Salutations, Spartans! We hope you have enjoyed Recon Slayer and today, we're excited to introduce another new game variant: Recon SWAT. That's right. Trade out your M6G pistols for ODST's M6S Automag and work on those headshots.

Playlist Changes:
  • Recon SWAT rotates in and will be played on existing SWAT map variants
  • Recon Slayer rotates out
Challenge Improvements
On Monday, we deployed a service change which allowed us to start processing/registering Halo: CE Server Challenges. Since the change has been working as expected, today (Wednesday) we enabled the Halo: CE UI in the Challenge Hub to reflect which challenges are supported by that title.

Halo Insider
Halo 4 flighting is coming up soon and we want you to join the fun! Register for the Halo Insider program today at aka.ms/HaloInsider. Be sure to verify your email, choose your preferred platforms for participation, and check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC for the latest information.

In the meantime... You know the maps, time to play!
Gravity Hammer vs Energy Sword vs Ball - the choice is yours as Grifball returns to matchmaking! Halo 3: ODST Firefight matchmaking has also received a couple small updates, read on for more information.

Playlist Changes
  • Rotated in Grifball
  • Rotated out Recon SWAT as a featured category
  • Added Recon SWAT at a lower weighting to standard SWAT matchmaking
ODST Firefight Changes
  • Increased medal XP payout
  • Removed ONI Alpha Site from several Firefight Arcade game types
Halo Insider Program

Halo 4 flighting is coming up soon and we want you to join the fun! Register for the Halo Insider program today at aka.ms/HaloInsider. Be sure to verify your email, choose your preferred platforms for participation, and check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC for the latest information.

See you courtside, Spartans!
Stand your ground or get up close and personal – It's time for Shotty Snipers! Featuring ranged and close quarters combat, this fan-favorite returns to matchmaking, replacing Grifball. This week also brings some additional changes with the introduction of the Halloween Challenge Event (did we mention new, exclusive nameplates?) and an adjustment to the ranked playlists. Keep reading for more info!

Playlist Changes
  • Shotty Snipers rotates into 4v4 and FFA
  • Grifball has left the court
Haloween Celebration Event
From now until November 4th, complete challenges in our Haloween Celebration Event to unlock two brand-new nameplates: Shotgun Shell and Spider Web. You can see all the challenges and track your progress through your in-game Challenge Hub. Remember, this event ends at 10am on November 4th so don't delay!

Ranked Playlists
Beginning on October 21, the consolidation and rotation of our ranked playlist offerings will begin. The Halo 2: Classic, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo: Reach Hardcore playlists will be removed as stand-alone playlists and will rotate monthly, starting with Halo: Reach Hardcore. The other playlists will remain with no changes at this time.

Halo Insider Program
Halo 4 flighting is coming up soon and we want you to join the fun! Register for the Halo Insider program today at aka.ms/HaloInsider. Be sure to verify your email, choose your preferred platforms for participation, and check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC for the latest information.

Now it's time to work on those snapshots!
Greetings and well met, Spartans. Fans of Recon Slayer will rejoice at its return - this time as a ranked playlist with a special reward. Those of you that reach rank 20 (or higher) in this new playlist will unlock the Halo 3 Avalanche Sniper Rifle skin when season 4 launches. Additionally, our Haloween celebration continues and the restructuring of our ranked playlist offerings begins.

Playlist changes
  • Halo 3 Ranked Recon Slayer debuts
  • Halo 2 Classic and Halo 2: Anniversary Hardcore rotate out
  • Snotty Snipers rotates out
Additional updates
  • Fixed an issue where players could match against a wider-than-intended range of player ranks in Invasion
  • Fixed an issue where players could exploit ranked hoppers by blocking other players
Halo Insider Program
If you have not yet registered for the Halo Insider program, what are you waiting for? Flighting is your chance to help us improve things. Register today at aka.ms/HaloInsider. Be sure to verify your email, choose your preferred platforms for participation, and check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC for the latest information regarding upcoming flights.

Pack your pistols and drop in hot!
And the race is on! That's right, it's the return of Rocket Race! Zoom along on a Mongoose while dodging rockets. If that's not your speed, Recon Slayer is still available for Ranked play. Don't forget if you get to level 20, you'll unlock an exclusive sniper rifle skin for Halo 3 when Season 4 drops. If that wasn't enough, our Haloween celebration is still going on so complete those challenges and earn your nameplates.

Playlist changes
  • Rocket Race takes off for H2A and H3 in 2v2v2v2 (Multi Team)
Halo Insider Program

If you have not yet registered for the Halo Insider program, what are you waiting for? Flighting is your chance to help us improve things. Register today at aka.ms/HaloInsider. Be sure to verify your email, choose your preferred platforms for participation, and check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC for the latest information regarding upcoming flights.

Rev your engines and race for the hill!
We’re throwing a party and everyone is invited! As Rocket Race drives off into the sunset, you can test your luck by rolling the dice in Fiesta. Will you spawn with a rocket launcher or a pistol? There’s only one way to find out! And for those of you looking to get your hands on that sweet Avalanche skin for your sniper, there’s still time to jump into ranked Recon Slayer and climb the ladder to level 20.

Playlist changes
  • Fiesta joins the fray in 4v4 and FFA
  • Rocket Race retires until next time
Halo Insider Program

If you have not yet registered for the Halo Insider program, what are you waiting for? Flighting is your chance to help us improve things. Register today at aka.ms/HaloInsider. Be sure to verify your email, choose your preferred platforms for participation, and check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC for the latest information regarding upcoming flights.

Grab a party favor and join the Fiesta!
It's time to suit up and take the courts – Grifball is back! Face off against the enemy team and score more points than them to win. For those of you who prefer to wield guns over hammers, jump into ranked Recon Slayer and earn your very own coveted Avalanche Sniper Rifle skin.

Playlist Changes
  • Grifball rotates in
  • Fiesta moves the party to Action Sack
Halo Insider Program

Flighting is your chance to help us improve our games so if you have not yet registered for the Halo Insider program yet, what are you waiting for? Register today at aka.ms/HaloInsider and be sure to verify your email, choose your preferred platforms for participation. For the latest information on upcoming flights, flight status, etc, you can check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!
It's the season of thanks and we're serving up a heap of holiday fun. Did we mention the Turkey Shoot nameplate you get just for logging in between now and November 30? Our table is loaded with new offerings like Turkey Fiesta, Turkey Carvers, Wishbone Brawl, Black Friday, and Tryptophan, so let's take a look!

Playlist Changes
  • Turkey Time waddles into Halo 3 social FFA
  • Reach CE Anniversary rotates out
  • Removed Epicenter from Halo 4 4v4 social and Shatter Slayer/Dominion from Halo 4 Squad Battle
  • Adjusted rank restrictions for Halo 4 Squad Battle to help search times at higher ranks
Additional Rotations
  • Halo 2: Anniversary Hardcore takes the spotlight
  • Halo: Reach Hardcore and Ranked Recon Slayer exit, stage left
Bonus
  • All weekly challenges will award double XP!
    Grab a plate, load it up, and enjoy the feast!
Game Mode Breakdown
  • Turkey Fiesta – Fiesta variation where the more kills you get in a row, the slower you go
  • Turkey Carvers – All swords, all the time
  • Wishbone Brawl – Oddball variation where you get points for oddball beatdowns
  • Black Friday – Melees only
  • Tryptophan – Infection variant
Welcome to the post-holiday stupor. We, like most of you, have moved on beyond turkey leftovers and are ready for something new. Say goodbye to Turkey Time and hello to your little friend the shotgun. Or sniper. Whichever one you prefer.

Playlist Changes
  • Shotty Snipers is back in social 4v4 and FFA
  • Turkey Time goes back in the oven until next year
Halo Insider Program

Flighting is your chance to help us improve our games so if you have not yet registered for the Halo Insider program yet, don't delay! Register today at aka.ms/HaloInsider and be sure to verify your email and choose your preferred platforms for participation. For the latest information on upcoming flights, flight status, and more, you can check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC.
Smash enemies, score goals – Grifball has returned. Equip yourself with your trust Gravity Hammer or Energy Sword and take on the opposing team in a battle to plant the bomb. The Double XP rewards continue on as well.

Playlist Changes
  • Grifball is back on the court
  • Shotty Snipers returns to the armory
Halo Insider Program

Flighting is your chance to help us improve our games so if you have not yet registered for the Halo Insider program yet, don't delay! Register today at aka.ms/HaloInsider and be sure to verify your email and choose your preferred platforms for participation. For the latest information on upcoming flights, flight status, and more, you can check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC.

Jump in and game on!
The holidays are quickly approaching and we've got lots of goods to deliver. We're stuffing your stockings with a playlist update, leaving some new maps under the tree, and more! For the full list of what's coming, check out the blog at aka.Ms/MCC2020.
New Toys/Features
  • Ability to filter incoming chat
  • Halo 3 tech suits available for Spartan Customization
Playlist Update
  • Introducing Community Forge Test! Featuring maps from ForgeHub, this category will be live for three weeks with some map/modes making their way into matchmaking after
    • New maps: Athlon, Mainstage, Mirage, Traumatica, Basilisk, Carnival, Gauntlet, Genesis, and Serpent
  • Grifball is retired until next month
Additional Updates/Fixes
  • Increased respawn time to 10 seconds in H4 Squad Battle objective game types
  • Reworked Dominion objective ordnance in H4 Squad Battle
  • Fixed an issue where Active Camo pick-up respawned instantly on Multicog
Halo Insider Program
Flighting is your chance to help us improve our games so if you have not yet registered for the Halo Insider program yet, don't delay! Register today at aka.ms/HaloInsider and be sure to verify your email and choose your preferred platforms for participation. For the latest information on upcoming flights, flight status, and more, you can check our weekly development updates at aka.ms/FridayDevFlightUpdateMCC.

Community Forge Test Maps/Modes
  • Athlon (Foundry) by ArturBloodshot features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF, KOTH
  • Basilisk (Sandbox) by DeeDorr features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF, and KotH
  • Mainstage (Foundry) by Sam Malone xbl features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF, KOTH
  • Mirage (Foundry) by EvaduR features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF, Neutral Bomb Assault, KOTH, Oddball
  • Traumatica (Foundry) by Danger Tanner features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF
  • Carnival (Sandbox) by DeeDorr features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF
  • Gauntlet (Sandbox) by Sir Veyza and The Grim Dealer features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF, Neutral Bomb Assault, KOTH
  • Genesis (Sandbox) by ZombieVillan features: Slayer, Multi Flag CTF, KOTH, Oddball
  • Serpent (Sandbox) by Kabe features: Slayer, KOTH
If you check out the new Community Forge Test, let us know what you think. In the meantime, game on!
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