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Halo: Reach Co-Op Matchmaking Update Coming Next Month

The same playlist update will also include new game types and a bug fix or two.

Halo: Reach launched without matchmaking support for its co-op campaign, but there was a good reason for the omission: developer Bungie didn't want game owners' first campaign experience to be a frenzied run on its last level. However, that shield's integrity is dropping fast.

As related by the Bungie blog, the studio is prepping an October-bound patch that will add campaign matchmaking functionality to Reach. Several other bug fixes and game types are coming with the update, too. This will be the first update for the newly released shooter, and surely not the last one considering Bungie's superb Halo support track record.

"The first matchmaking update for Reach will occur in early October and consist primarily of fixes for bugs and balance issues," the blog reads. "We're not done testing them all yet, but when they're ready we'll fill you in on all of the little details. We'll also be adding some game types and Forge maps. Co-op campaign will be going live in October as well." 
 

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As Bungie warns, co-op matchmaking will not care that you've failed to beat the campaign or explored all of its levels. Similar to how competitive matchmaking works, users will get to vote on which level they're going to tackle together, thus the spoiler bomb might get dropped. It goes without saying, but make sure you've seen it all--and you'll need to see that last level by your lonesome--before dropping into the playlist.
    
No word on what other game types for other modes might be added alongside co-op matchmaking, but the blog does drop a mention of "Rocket Race" and "Firefight Versus." Unfortunately, there's no firm timetable on when either of these will be released. 
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Posted By BradNicholson
Halo: Reach launched without matchmaking support for its co-op campaign, but there was a good reason for the omission: developer Bungie didn't want game owners' first campaign experience to be a frenzied run on its last level. However, that shield's integrity is dropping fast.

As related by the Bungie blog, the studio is prepping an October-bound patch that will add campaign matchmaking functionality to Reach. Several other bug fixes and game types are coming with the update, too. This will be the first update for the newly released shooter, and surely not the last one considering Bungie's superb Halo support track record.

"The first matchmaking update for Reach will occur in early October and consist primarily of fixes for bugs and balance issues," the blog reads. "We're not done testing them all yet, but when they're ready we'll fill you in on all of the little details. We'll also be adding some game types and Forge maps. Co-op campaign will be going live in October as well." 
 

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As Bungie warns, co-op matchmaking will not care that you've failed to beat the campaign or explored all of its levels. Similar to how competitive matchmaking works, users will get to vote on which level they're going to tackle together, thus the spoiler bomb might get dropped. It goes without saying, but make sure you've seen it all--and you'll need to see that last level by your lonesome--before dropping into the playlist.
    
No word on what other game types for other modes might be added alongside co-op matchmaking, but the blog does drop a mention of "Rocket Race" and "Firefight Versus." Unfortunately, there's no firm timetable on when either of these will be released. 
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Edited By Grissefar

Jeff mentioned this in the video review.

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Posted By Dudacles

That actually seems like a pretty good reason. I played the last two levels of Halo 3 first due to a friend asking me to play with him, which is a bit unfortunate in retrospect.

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Posted By Gizmo

New Forge maps? Is that gonna be like Forge World V2? 
 
Just give us custom game matchmaking Bungie, it's what the fans have been clamouring for years.

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Posted By Afroman269

Finally, it would have been easier though to just block people from the coop matchmaking until you finish the campaign.

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Posted By tomtheeditor

I really need to buy this already.

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Posted By zidane_24

Still no fix in sight for 4GB slim users. Sadness. My friend's really bummed he can't co-op with us.

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Posted By Rotnac

I figured that was the reason for no Matchmaking campaign. I hope they make big team swat more common though. 
 
Firefight VS should be loads of fun.

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Posted By TheMartino

Firefight versus? Awesome!

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Posted By ht101

I will probably pick this up sometime in the future but not right now.

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Posted By MadThad0890

They need to add team rockets back.

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Posted By marcTG

ya 

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Posted By spazmaster666

Finally. I've been wanting to play some four-player Legendary co-op for a while now.

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Posted By darkjester74

Finished the campaign last night on Legendary with a couple of friends.  That was brutal, but man what a ride.  Well done Bungie!

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Posted By Swoxx

How about fixing the goddamn stick-lag when playing co-op with a friend? (Europe - US)

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Posted By TheHBK

I wish co-op had not been in there at all until later.  I wish I had finished the game on my own first but my friends were pretty insistent.

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Posted By killer_meatballs

Cool.

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Posted By Vinny_Says

I should give bungie more credit...wow that's a great reason for omitting campaign co-op. Also doesn't it already have firefight Elites vs spartans?

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Posted By JustinSane311

I hope Bungie adds some Griff Ball!

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Posted By Rockdalf

Here is for hoping they fix the cronic lag that plauges my FF/Co-Op Online games. 

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Posted By Solh0und

I need to get rent this to see if it determines if I'll buy it or not

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Posted By SkullcrusherMountain

So if I choose the Heroic or Legendary difficulty, finish all the levels, but not in order, do I still get the achievement?

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Edited By havelava
@SkullcrusherMountain said:

" So if I choose the Heroic or Legendary difficulty, finish all the levels, but not in order, do I still get the achievement? "

Yeah, halo games register completed campaigns on a level to level basis, so, you'd still get the achievement even if you did the levels backwards.
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Posted By plop1920
@SkullcrusherMountain said:
" So if I choose the Heroic or Legendary difficulty, finish all the levels, but not in order, do I still get the achievement? "
Hmm i dont see why not, then again the achievements are wierd, you can finish a section of a level and then reload that level from the next section and not get the achievement for completing it
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Posted By LethalKi11ler
@SkullcrusherMountain: Yes.
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Posted By Blomakrans

I hope they make a matchmaking system similar to the one in MW2, that would be wonderful!

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@Afroman269: Some people might like to play it online who haven't finished it themselves or finished it on another account.  This would cause a bigger uproar than the relatively tiny one the original announcement was.  And "easier" in concept is often not "easier" in practice.  I'm sure they know what they are doing and the majority of people think it was a good plan.
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Posted By MichaelBach

This is great news. I am really impressed with this games multi player options.

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Posted By Hitchenson

Firefight versus. will be fucking glorious in MM.

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Posted By CharAznable

Doesn't the Invasion mode kinda take care of firefight versus?

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Posted By Wolham
@blacklabeldomm:
Not with Elites as a playable race.
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Posted By PJ
@Blomakrans said:
" I hope they make a matchmaking system similar to the one in MW2, that would be wonderful! "
Why should they make it worse?
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Posted By ICryCauseImEmo

=]  this is me smiling, wtb Griffball.

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Posted By Dany
@Grissefar Jeff simply states that it was missing, not that it will be updated in... Or did he?
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Posted By Aaron_G

Good news everyone. 

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Posted By metalmoog

Awesome news looking forward to playing Campaign co-op via matchmaking.  Good ol' Bungie giving us new game modes for free!

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Posted By Cod100476

Good! The multiplayer needed extra support!

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Posted By ShadowXBL

pretty cool, but I should always be able to find 3 others :)

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Posted By Omurra

I wonder if this will also fix the issue Reach has with the xbox 360 slims and their "nonexistent hard drives", or if I'll end up having to buy the $130 external one.

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Posted By Ainwaith
@darkjester74:
try it on legendary. if you think playing with other people is brutal, try playing by yourself, it took me awhile to beat it by myself
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Posted By dvorak
@SkullcrusherMountain said:
" So if I choose the Heroic or Legendary difficulty, finish all the levels, but not in order, do I still get the achievement? "
Yes. 
 
Man I love the sound of Firefight Versus, and I'm not even that big of a Halo multiplayer person.
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Posted By Belonpopo

C()()l.

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Posted By krystians

Great game, and I hope this game will be a multilayer of the year.

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Posted By Hef

I hope this means they'll patch firefight matchmaking, cause I can't get into a game without my connection and framerate dropping to almost nil.

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Posted By Dane

I really wish they would put Firefight classic as a vote option. Unlimited re-spawns is so stupid. You can't even lose unless you play Gen. Defense...
 
>_<

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Posted By demontium

Good news.

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Posted By MrPiZzA

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