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MCC Insider Program

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Updated November, 2018

Thank you to all of our MCC Insiders for helping us make MCC better! Over the past few months we've greatly appreciated your support and help during our public flights and your play time and feedback have directly resulted in numerous fixes and improvements.

As of September, the MCC Insider Program is closed and no additional participants are being accepted.

MCC has continued to receive patches and updates since the initial large release in late August and you can read all about the fixes, improvements, and features by checking out the MCC Insider Program HUB RIGHT HERE.

** The content below has been updated to reflect the current state of the "MCC Insider Program" as of November, 2018. **

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Greetings Spartans! The MCC Insider Program is now officially in cryo-sleep!

What is the MCC Insider Program? How do you join? How do you opt-out? What's it all mean!? Read on for answers to these and many other questions you might have. And remember, you can always join in the discussion and find additional answers here in our MCC forum.

What is the MCC Insider Program?

The MCC Insider Program was the official name given to the initial program whereby members of the community were able to opt-in to help playtest and provide feedback to in-progress updates for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Over the course of several months, MCC Insiders were invaluable partners in helping the development team test and polish new features, fixes, and improvements for MCC.

Following the release of the official MCC update in September, the MCC Insider program was officially retired.

There are, however, still opportunites for members of the community to help playtest and provide feedback for ongoing game updates - read on for more details.

How do I sign up for the MCC Insider Program?

Since the program is now officially shuttered, there is no longer a formal sign-up process.

Instead, anyone who meets one of the following critera will be able to access periodic in-progress builds to playtest and share feedback:

1. Players who own a digital copy of MCC

2. Players who were previously part of the MCC Insider Program

Eventually we also hope to be able to offer Insider Build access to players who have an active Xbox Game Pass subscription.

What exactly is a “Public Flight”?

A public flight is a work-in-progress game build and will often be on a small representative slice of the complete game. Each flight will have specific content aligned with specific development goals. For example, the first flight was aimed at stress testing our updated matchmaking systems and only included Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer on a handful of fan favorite maps with short games to really maximize throughput. Our team will be monitoring some key data to validate the work they’ve done.

This process, along with the scope of content, will grow and evolve over time with your help and feedback.

While the team has every intent to release builds that are as stable as possible, we fully expect a few hiccups and bumps along the way - which is the whole point of flighting. We look forward to your participation and feedback but we also ask for your understanding and appropriate expectations as we share work-in-progress builds directly with you.

 

When can we expect to get our hands on the NEXT public flight?

Insider Builds are becoming less frequent now that the bulk of the MCC update work is behind us. That said, there are still features in progress (like the Custom Game Browser) and we do anticipate future Insider Build releases to help gather additional feedback and playtesting. Stay tuned to Halo Waypoint for news and information on future Insider opportunities.

ARE MCC public flights considered confidential?

No, at this stage of development, any content that is released via an Insider Build is no covered by an NDA or confidentiality stipulations.

 

How can I learn more about a specific flight?

The in-game Message-of-the-Day will usually reflect specific content and actions tied to a flight release. Additionally, information can be found here on Halo Waypoint via blogs and forum posts.

How do I provide feedback?

Specifics may vary slightly depending on the respective flight, but in general there are three primary means of feedback:

1. A lot of critical data will be gathered by our team on the backend. Pay attention to the particular focus for a flight and jump in during the specified playtimes and voila, you’ve just helped us immensely.

2. MCC Insiders might also receive surveys from the Xbox Research team if they've previously opted in to the Halo Community Feedback Program or similar.

3. If you encounter a bug or something that doesn’t seem right, you can use the Xbox Insider app on your console to “Report Problem.”  To do this, go to the screen you’re giving feedback on (in this case, somewhere within the MCC flight build, press and hold the Xbox button on your controller, and when you see the power menu, select “report a problem.”

Please make sure to check the “Known Issues” tab on the Xbox Insider HUB before you report a problem as it may be something the team is already aware of!

4. The MCC Forums here on Halo Waypoint are frequented by the team and are a great, official place to share your feedback, suggestions and more.

Anything else I need to know? 

For now, not really! But if you do have questions, stop by the MCC forums here on Halo Waypoint and let us know.

And if you haven't already, be sure to check out our MCC Development Update blogs for background on the project and current progress.