Halo Infinite Update Aims to Fix Big Team Battles (Again)

Published: February 3, 2022 2:20 PM /


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A new Halo Infinite update has arrived, attempting to once again fix the problems with Big Team Battles matchmaking. Additionally, this update has changes to Oddball and Custom Games.

The last few weeks have been up and down for Halo Infinite. Earlier this year, 343 announced plans to fix issues with Big Team Battles matchmaking. Unfortunately, this update did not solve the problem. Adding to its recent troubles was the removal of the Behemoth map from CTF due to balance issues. 343 is persistent, though, and it's taking another crack at fixing Big Team Battles with a brand-new update -- along with some other changes.


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Will Today's Halo Infinite Update Finally Fix Big Team Battles Matchmaking?

First and foremost, today's Halo Infinite update promises to provide improvements for Big Team Battles matchmaking. Going forward, players should be able to get into full matches much faster and more reliably. That said, we won't know for certain if it's actually solved the problem until 343 has had a little time to analyze the update's effect in the real world.

A Big Team Battles matchmaking fix isn't the only change for the game mode that's arrived in today's update. Scorpion Tanks and Wraiths will appear more often on these maps and the "join in progress" rules have been updated to make it less likely that players will join a BTB match that is nearly complete.

Oddball has had some changes in both the Ranked and Arena Multiplayer playlists.

  • Changes to Oddball in both Ranked and Arena Multiplayer playlists:
    • If the score is tied when a round’s timer runs out, one minute is added back to the timer. If the score is tied at the end of the additional minute, then the round will be declared a tie.  
    • The match will end if two separate rounds end in a tie and the victory will go to the team with more rounds won.  

These are the bigger changes that are live today; you can read about all of the changes in the full Halo Infinite update patch notes.  You can join in on the fun by playing Halo Infinite for free on PC and Xbox via its official website, though you'll have to buy the game for $59.99 or your regional equivalent to jump into the campaign.

Do you think today's update will fix the problems with Big Team Battles matchmaking? What's your favorite game mode in Halo Infinite? Let us know in the comments below!




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