If you’ve got multiplayer problems I feel bad for you, son. I got 99 problems, but party joinability problems ain’t one. That is not the song Microsoft is singing about its Halo: The Master Chief Collection right now. Also, apologies. I couldn’t resist. But when something horrible like an entire Halo Championship Series cup, you feel something must be done to ease the blow. Yes, the Microsoft and Electronics Sports League Halo: The Master Chief Collection tournament is no more.
As anyone with an Xbox One and love of Halo is well aware, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been plagued by major problems since its launch. Namely, people who wanted to play the older games online with other people, arguably the biggest draw of the title, didn’t work. Party joinability issues made it near impossible to find a match. Microsoft promised solutions, but the game still isn’t working properly to this day. Now, it’s gotten to a point where the company made the cancellation announcement on Twitter and closed the HCS cup on ESL’s site.
It’s unfortunate, as the tournament was set to begin April 25, 2015 and 47 teams had checked in to play. People would have gone through Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s Halo 2 Anniversary 4 on 4 matches to determine who was the best. $1,500, $1,000, and $500 would have gone to the first, second, and third place teams.
If you were looking forward to this tournament, apologies. Blame 343 Industries and Microsoft, and hope that Halo 5 has a smooth launch in October.