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Halo 4 launch hampered by online server issues (update: server issues resolved)

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Halo 4's election day launch suffered a bit of lag today as clogged servers bumped some gamers from their online matches or prevented them from finding people to play with.

A spokesperson on the official Twitter and website for Halo 4 said that they were looking into the issue and trying to narrow down what was causing the problem.

"As you can imagine, there are a tremendous number of new players connecting to Halo 4 right now," according to a post on the Halo 4 website. "We're aware that some users are experiencing occasional issues connecting to the Halo 4 services, and we are currently narrowing down possible solutions. We will be providing regular updates across all our channels."

Logging on to Halo 4's online Wargames service through Xbox Live is occasionally met with a message that the Halo 4 servers are not available.

"Please try again later," the pop-up message reads. "Matchmaking has switched to using the default playlist."

Players are also being booted from the game lobby when a match ends.

We have reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this post when they respond.

Update: The official Halo 4 Twitter account confirmed this morning that the server issues have been resolved. The account tweeted:

Halo 4's multiplayer server load issues were resolved earlier this evening. To those affected, we thank you for your patience.