Though 343 toyed with the idea of beta testing future updates for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the developer has decided to focus on internal testing instead.

In a new post on Halo Waypoint, the developer detailed the decision behind keeping the future update testing internal. Community manager Andy Dudynsky admitted that keeping things in-house would allow 343 to release the update on time, and that the extra effort to release a beta would only delay patches down the line. 343 is also continuing its work on matchmaking and playlists, which it promised to update its fans on when it gets closer to the release date.

The post also teased a bit more of the upcoming Relic remake coming to Halo 2: Anniversary. Though details are still sparse, the retooled fan-favorite map will accommodate 12-16 players, and is expected to arrive soonish. There will be more updates about Relic in the future, but you can check out some progress artwork below. Full versions that you can use for wallpapers can be found on the Halo Waypoint post above.

There's still no word on when the next update will actually be available, but we'll be sure to keep you posted. Hopefully the next patch will further address the issues that have continued to plague the Master Chief Collection since it launched late last year.

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