Halo: Reach return to PC was enormous, the game made an excellent debut on Steam, after which it is staying at the top. The game recently hit to Steams fourth most played game, and it was consistent, sometimes the game went on the third rank too. You can see its current ranking on Steam live tracker.

Today, Halo: Reach got its latest update, which will also answer many questions. Recently, a massive ban wave hit Halo, and many players were banned. There were numerous posts from players, saying they were banned without reason, however, developer 343 has an answer for t.

The developers wrote that when Players try AFK farming, it results in a negative impact on the rest of the players, thus they have taken a step to this problem.
“We are committed to ensuring that players have a positive, fair, and safe experience playing MCC online,” developer 343 Industries wrote. “While many of the behaviors we’ve seen may seem innocuous, the reality is that when a player participates in something like ‘AFK farming’ in Grifball, they’re creating a negative experience for all the other players in the session. Over time, this creates real issues and hurts MCC by driving away frustrated players.”

Going AFK is not the only reason you can get banned for, there are three more problems. In my opinion, if you play fair, none of these problems will concern you. Here are the three things that might get you banned.

  • we have only issued temporary bans based on the egregiousness of the offense. We will continue to monitor this behavior and take enforcement action as needed.
  • Coordinated XP Boosting: This is a bannable offense and falls under category of unsociable and unsportsmanlike behavior. Many, if not all, of the reports we have received on these involved various forms of bullying, hate speech, intimidation, and betraying against players who joined a match and did not want to participate in the XP bossting activity. This is not behavior that we will allow or tolerate in any way and we encourage players to continue to report instances of this happening so we can investigate. Also remember to mute other players and on Xbox, you can ‘block’ and ‘report’ players who violate the Xbox online code of conduct.
  • Firefight Suicides: Intentionally suiciding in Firefight in an effort to exploit XP gains is another bannable offense and falls under the category of unsociable and unsportsmanlike conduct. Reports of this behavior will be investigated, and punishments will be issued if found true.

Apart from this, 343 has also introduced some new features. Firstly, Cross-play between Xbox & PC is now introduced. This, in my opinion, is the best feature one can expect. Furthermore, we have more features like voice chat, server ping lists, better FPS, Steam account linking and Regional Server selection. You can read further notes below

  • Regional server selection
  • Cross-Play between Xbox & PC
  • Steam account linking
  • VFR Improvements
  • Idle System Improvements
  • Customization Improvements
  • In Game FPS Cap/Adjustments
  • Better ways to report players
  • Bringing PC features to Console (Like FOV Sliders)

“As we close the year out and start to look at what’s ahead of us in 2020, I wanted to give you an update on progress we’re making on the other games heading to MCC on PC. Right now, we have a good-sized army of developers working through different development streams to support our efforts across ongoing Reach updates and quality of life improvements in addition to Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Forge & Theater support (Reach first). Halo: ODST (Campaign) and Halo 4 are a little further out but rest assured they’re also coming to MCC on PC in 2020,” 343 said.

“If work continues on its current trajectory, we are looking good to start [Halo: Combat Evolved] flights in January.”

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