It’s been a busy week for Halo. Sadly, this doesn’t include any Halo 5 news. But, we did get some info about an April update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Halo: Spartan Strike released yesterday on Windows 9, Windows Phone 8, Steam, iPhone and iPad. Plus, Halo eSports fans can watch the top teams compete this weekend at Iron Games HCS Atlanta.

A sneak peek at Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s April Update

Halo’s community manager Andy Dudynsky (better known as Bravo), gave us a sneak peek at the April update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The update is in certification right now and the developers are targeting next week for its release.

The three biggest updates include:

  • New penalties and monitoring for quitting and betrayals
  • A variety of ranking system improvements and fixes
  • Updated Halo 3 Forge to include editing for all game types

Hopefully, the updates to Halo 3 Forge make Grifball possible.

It wouldn’t be a Halo update without more improvements to parties and stability.

“We’re excited for this update, and we hope you are too,” Dudynsky writes.

Dudynsky also expanded on the improvements coming to the ranking system. This patch will see ranks expand to more playlists. In the days following the patch, the developers will be resetting ranks for the Halo 2: Anniversary playlist.

Ranks will be added to Team Slayer and the Halo Championship Series playlist.

Full patch notes will be released once the update goes live.

Halo: Spartan Strike is out now

Halo Spartan Strike

Yesterday, Microsoft released Halo: Spartan Strike on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Steam, iPhone and iPad. 343 Industries and Vanguard Games joined forces again to create the mobile Halo title.

Fight the Covenant across 30 unique missions in Halo: Spartan Strike.

“You are a Spartan in a classified ONI simulation that starts during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552,” reads a description of the game.

Season 2 of the Halo Championship Series gets started in Atlanta

Halo Championship Series

Get your competitive Halo fix this weekend over on Twitch. Iron Games HCS Atlanta gets season 2 of the HCS started. Tournament play is expected to get started at 2 pm. I’m assuming that time is Eastern, but if anyone knows for sure – let me know in the comments.

Check out the rosters of the top 8 teams here. You can catch all the action on the Halo channel or over at Halo’s Twitch page.


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