Halo Infinite Update - BTB and More (UPDATED JAN 19)

UPDATE: January 19
Hey everyone - The Hotfix was deployed at 10AM PT today for Xbox and PC and included a fix for an issue with Oddball but also was hoped to address the ongoing matchmaking issues affecting Big Team Battle.

Unfortunately it looks like today’s patch did not fully resolve the BTB matchmaking problems. The team is continuing to investigate and while we believe there may be some minor improvements, matchmaking is still not working as expected.

Many people worked hard to get this fix out the door and it’s naturally very disappointing we’re not seeing the desired and expected results. We know this is an ongoing source of frustration and the team will continue to work towards a resolution.

We’ll continue to provide updates as we have them. In the meantime, we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this issue.

The aforementioned grants of 5 XP boosts and Challenge Swaps also went live at 10AM today. Log in any time between now and 10AM PT on Feb. 16 and they’ll be automatically added to your inventory.

Thank you and our sincere apologies that today’s update did not go as we’d hoped. More to come.

UPDATE: January 18
Howdy folks - Quick update that so far so good with the certification process. As of now, the BTB hotfix is tracking towards being released tomorrow, Jan. 19. When the hotfix does go live, the aforementioned grant of XP boosts and challenge swaps will also be active (automatically granted upon log in).
We’re almost there. Thank you for your patience as we’ve all dealt with this issue. Fingers crossed we’re back to full BTB fireteam shenanigans very soon.

UPDATE: January 14
Happy Friday, everyone!
As promised, back with a quick update on the status of Big Team Battle.
Yesterday the test pass was completed and the hotfix is now in the process of going through Xbox certification. As long as no issues arise, we are targeting releasing this hot fix middle of next week. (note that Monday is an office holiday in recognition of MLK Jr Day)

To kick off the new year and also offer a small token of appreciation for your patience during these issues, all players will be granted 5 XP Boosts and 5 Challenge Swaps. This will be active once the hotfix is released and automatically added to the inventory of every player who logs in. This grant offer will remain active for about a month so just log in any time before then and you’ll get hooked up.

We continue to work towards the mid-February patch and will share details as we get closer. Additionally, work continues on plans/updates to other key topics we know are top of mind for the community (economy, armor customization, ranked, cheating, networking, etc.).

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Hey everyone, happy new year! Hope everyone had a safe and awesome holiday break.

The 343 Team is largely back in action this week and I know many of you are very eager to get some updates on a number of topics. We are working on a broader info update and driving towards being able to share more details and a roadmap to help answer your questions and manage expectations.
That exercise is going to take some time to flesh out but please know it’s in process - there’s just a lot to dig into and it’s a rather complicated web of work items / dependencies / priorities, etc… so we want to be sure to share informed, accurate information.

In the meantime, we want to first and foremost provide a situation update on the state of BTB in Halo Infinite. As you know, we’ve been dealing with some frustrating issues with BTB nearly since launch and despite a few attempts at solving and mitigating before the holiday break, we were not able to get this fixed. While BTB has remained playable, there are matchmaking issues that increase with more players and larger fireteams have a low chance of successfully joining into a game together.

A strike force continued to work on this over the break and we’re optimistic to say we believe we have a fix in hand for the core issue. This went into QA last week and so far it’s looking positive - we are not seeing this issue occur internally using this build.

Next steps are to continue testing and then move into the certification process as we prepare to release a hot fix / patch for this issue. It’s a little too soon to give an ETA yet but please know our goal is to release this as soon as we can while ensuring it doesn’t have any other unintended impact to the retail product. It won’t be this week, but we hope it’s not too much further out and we’ll share an update as soon as we have line of sight on a release date (once we clear ‘cert’ we are then ready to ship).

We know there are a number of other topics you’re eager to hear about - including some issues with instances of cheating. The team has been working on a patch for mid-Feb that looks to address this and other things, and we’ll have more details to come as we get closer to release. We are actively triaging and still working to get as much as we can into this Feb update while still ensuring no negative impacts or regressions to other parts of the game.

For now we are opting to slipstream the BTB fixes given the broad scope of impact on all players. That’s not to say issues like cheating or wonkiness with the ranked experience aren’t important, but they have other dependencies and are on a bit longer timeline than this BTB fix which is nearly ready to go.

Thank you for your patience and continued support. While we were blown away and humbled by the reception and launch of Halo Infinite, we’ve got a lot to get after now as a live service studio. We will continue to make improvements and address feedback everywhere we can - though some things are going to take more time than many of you, and us, would like. Thank you - please keep the feedback coming - we’re in this together with a great foundation to grow and evolve upon. Stay tuned for more details.


It’s great to hear you’re aware of some of the issues.

Please if anything, create ‘known issues’ here and keep it updated.

It would prevent so many duplicate posts and keep us feeling heard and keep the frustration down.

Happy New Year and sorry for being a xxxx


This is great, I hope the PC crashing is thrown in there somewhere <3


Nothing in here about optimizing the game. Starting to get a little worrisome. The game in it’s current state isn’t near PC game standards.


I really hope the patch can come sooner than mid February. Another month of cheaters is a big ask.


Cheating and BTB issues addressed and actively being worked on, solid start, but we’ll see where it goes from here.


its good to know that there also see that there is a cheating problem in the matchmaking lobby’s.

but i was more hoping that there told more about that there going chance the crossplay system from force to option.


How about addressing the egregious desync that destroys gameplay


Thank you for the update. Its important that not only the fans give feedback but that you and 343 give back some info so that we know work is being done.

Honestly even a small bit of info goes a long way.

Looking forward to BTB being fixed as well other problems with servers, desync, cheaters, crossplay, weapons and melee, challenges, battlepass and the store being made better.

I know the list of things to be made better is long but just a reminder that even though the halo community may come across as angry and unreasonable, we do so because we care a lot for halo and want to see infinite become great.

Cheers @ske7ch happy new year to ya.


Remove the BTB challenges


Great to hear about work being done to resolve these issues! It feels great to know that a solution is on the way, one of my favorite game modes is BTB, and I love MCC Heavies


(I mean this in a hype way, not a negative impatient way)

Let’s ggggoooooo!!! :fire::fire::fire:

I’m am so excited for when I can just grind out BTB matches all night without fighting server issues.


The desync, Pc crashing and lack of fine mouse settings tuning (i.e not being able to have a 1.33 coefficient) are my main problems so far


Ah. So the update’s going to be available in the store for $20. That’s what that phrase has burned into my mind haha. Thanks for providing some bit of news, though.


Thank you for the great update! I’m really happy you mentioned that yall are working on a roadmap. But I think you guys should really consider creating or acquiring a support studio that can work on bugs and small stuff like this while your team can work on dlc and more content to the game. This doesn’t have to be immediate but for a 10 year live service I think one could greatly help.


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The problem isn’t just BTB when it comes to Fireteams not connecting or having issues staying together. It’s the WHOLE system you have in place that is a pile of trash. Constantly getting kicked out of my party, losing connection, crashing, etc… which are things we dealt with back in Halo Reach and even COD4 days. I’m glad you’re back from your break of doing nothing after releasing a broken game so you can get your Christmas sales and cosmetic sales for the holidays. Thanks for not mentioning the desync issues and just saying “wonkiness” instead when we all know you’re referring to the “big picture” here which the whole thing is a steaming pile of manure. Meh whatever, your employer doesn’t care about us or what we actually want, they only care about controlling us and gaining from it in the meantime. Of course, no mention of PC optimization at all because 343 also does not care about Us either. What a joke of a developer like the others.


Doesn’t make much of a difference if the players cannot report in game, and cheaters can prevent others from watching their playback videos.


Man look at this beautiful communication. I love this!