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Halo: Spartan Strike delayed to 'early 2015' because Master Chief Collection is still broken

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Halo: Spartan Strike, the twin-stick shooter from Vanguard Games and 343 Industries, has been pushed back to "early 2015" because 343 is still focused on fixing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the studio announced today.

"While we're excited about this all-new Halo experience, our commitment to resolving the current matchmaking issues in Halo: The Master Chief Collection remains the top priority. As a result, we have decided to move the release of Halo: Spartan Strike to early 2015," reads a blog post on Halo Waypoint.

Spartan Strike, which Microsoft announced in mid-October, was scheduled to be available Dec. 12 on Windows 8, Windows PC via Steam and Windows Phone 8. Once Halo: Spartan Strike is released, players will be able to unlock exclusive content in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The Master Chief Collection has been plagued by serious multiplayer matchmaking issues and other problems since its Nov. 11 launch on Xbox One. The game's most recent patch, which developer 343 Industries released earlier this week, was aimed at improving the matchmaking experience but did not fix other lingering issues. Bonnie Ross, studio head at 343, published an open letter to Master Chief Collection players in late November in which she apologized for the ongoing problems with the game and pledged the studio would "make this right."

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