Halo Infinite’s Big Team Battle mode has been a sore point for fans for more than a month now. The matchmaking queues have had major issues, with larger parties having a tough time joining games since early December. Those who do make it are frequently disconnected.
Today’s Halo Infinite hotfix was supposed to fix issues regarding Big Team Battle, but it hasn’t completely solved them. 343 community director Brian Jarrard took to Twitter to say that there have been minor improvements, but acknowledged that overall matchmaking issues persist. The team is going to continue working on the problem until matchmaking is stable again.
To compensate players for their trouble, 343 Industries is offering five XP boosts and five Challenge Swaps to those who log in before February 16.
Well, damn… today’s BTB hotfix does not appear to be the outcome we expected. There are minor improvements, but overall matchmaking issues are still occurring. Thanks to the folks who have been working hard and we’re sorry this didn’t quite get the job done. Work continues. https://t.co/lKiFibBDtT
— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) January 19, 2022
However, issues remain with the Big Team Battle Challenges, which may forces players to use their Challenge Swaps more quickly than usual. Jarrard responded to a user on Twitter who brought this point up, saying that because the matchmaking issues in Big Team Battle continue to occur, the team is investigating what to do about those types of challenges.
Currently, there’s no timeline on when there will be additional fixes, but hopefully, it comes soon as the matchmaking issues started nearly a month ago. In the meantime, developer 343 Industries has also been focusing on reducing the cost of in-game items.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey