> Parties are far, far more likely to be employing teamwork than four randoms.
Right, we all know that.
> Teamwork is far, far more important than individual skill in Reach.
> You do the math.
Customers are the most important thing in Halo, even a few extra seconds waiting for a match could disuade customers from returning to replay and that means less money for MS, which means less money for 343, which means less money for Halo. That is the only math I care about.
> I doubt party matching restriction would take an immense amount of effort, seeing as Squad Slayer already has them.
Its not a matter of effort in my mind, its a matter of consequence as stated in the response above this one.
> I search as a random far more than I search in a party. Problem?
No, so do most players, that is why I dont think 343 should focus on problems that only effect small portions of the population, like players that search in hunting parties and are tired of all the killing they have to do.
> Yeah, because those map packs really injected some life into the Reach population
Im not talking about DLC, which frankly was completely disappointing now that they removed the playlist for the DLC I had(I wont be buying more, so I can get ripped of again), I am talking about reforged community created maps that draw intrest like we are seeing in LD, for every playlist. Two things, first it gets people excited, feeling like they have a real voice in what is happening. I am sure everyone of the people that forged those maps in LD is feeling pretty good right now as they have become imortalized in Halo via their map contribution.
Last, new free maps will have an insane amount of draw for current and potential new customers and even old ones that have left. Even if you dont play, look at the LD population counts and see for yourself, this could happen in every playlist and would bring a 1000 times more customers than party restrictions.
Once the customers are here Sentex, we can micro-tweek all kinds of thing and the skill pool will be larger, so better matches will be had by all.