Matchmaking difficulties have plagued “Halo Infinite’s” Big Team Battle playlist since the game’s release late last year, but developer 343 Industries promises that a patch to fix the issues will be released soon. Not shortly after the game’s debut, users began reporting matchmaking issues with BTB. 343 attempted to alleviate the problem by decreasing the amount of teammates and blocking the “join-in-progress” option, but these measures proved ineffective. The studio pledged at the time that it will address the BTB issues in the new year.
Big Team Battle, a matching playlist designed for eight versus eight gaming, has been a mainstay of the Halo franchise since the Halo 2 days. It’s most notable in Halo: Reach, the third mainline entry, and Halo 5: Guardians. Fans were overjoyed to discover about BTB’s return for Infinite, albeit not everyone has yet had the opportunity to experience the full scope of the playlist’s gameplay options. Hopefully, all of this will change in the next days and weeks.
343 Community Director Brian Jarrard (via PC Gamer) announced on Twitter yesterday, January 10th, that a Big Team Battle fix for Halo Infinite is now being tested. Jarrard noted that the studio expects the patch to come “as soon as we have it.” Jarrard notes that a BTB fix entered QA last week and has yet to result in a repeat of the matchmaking bug in a post on Halo Waypoint by the developer. However, it is currently unknown when the update will be ready for primetime. The following is a quote from the Community Director’s Twitter post:
Because Big Team Battle is such an important part of the Halo experience, its continuous issues have hampered many players’ enjoyment of the current installment. Jarrard’s comment, on the other hand, makes it sound as if 343 Industries is ever closer to a resolution, which should give fans hope.
After a year of development, 343 Industries and Xbox Game Studios released Halo Infinite in December 2021 to acclaim from critics and fans alike. However, a few significant improvements are still on the way, including the much-anticipated campaign co-op mode and Forge mode, both of which are expected to release this year.