Halo: The Master Chief Collection was meant to feature beta testing for tomorrow, but 343 Industries ran into a blocking bug that prevents them to deploy the test. The Beta has been delayed.
The information was shared by 343 Industries’ Tyler Davis, who offered technical details about the bug.
“Blocking Bugs” are “blockers” in that they are deemed severe enough to prevent a flight from functioning as needed. Keep in mind that though we address, mitigate and solve “blocking bugs” for each ring of flighting, this doesn’t mean that any flight is bug-free.
In fact, it’s quite the contrary since each flight is very much a work-in-progress development build. In most cases we will be aware of existing minor bugs and proactively identify these known issues for Halo Insider participants, while in some cases it’s the Insiders themselves who bring new bugs to our attention while playing.
Davis explains that flighting rings are a complete series of tests made available to insiders, each of the tests requires that a build progresses through each step.
There are four rings in total with the final, “Ring 3” being Halo Insiders. For a flight to go out to the Insiders, it must make its way through each of the rings without bugs that are deemed blocking issues. Let’s go in and see what each ring is made of and the process that is followed to move from one to the next.
Davis affirms that 343 Industries is working to address and solve those bugs, “the challenges proved insurmountable to release the flight in July”. The studio’s goal is to ensure that the experience hits the necessary quality bar to deliver an effective and successful flight for both Halo Insiders as well as 343 Industries.