An official Halo tournament has been cancelled by 343 Industries until further notice due to severe connectivity issues.
Cup #1 of the second season of the Halo Championship Series was taking place over the weekend when the game’s online party/invite system broke down. Players were unable to join the servers or receive invitations from friends.
The Halo Championship Series is the official league for the game which, in collaboration with ESL, has been taking place for several months now. Originally, the first cup for the second season was to feature two brackets that were to be completed within the weekend.
The matches for Saturday did take place without any incident. However, on Sunday the online system broke down, causing 343 Industries to cancel the event altogether.
“We’re aware of and investigating party joinability issues. As a result, we’ll be canceling HCS Cup #1, and apologize for the inconvenience,” tweeted the official Halo account.
The issues were unforeseen since the last two patches for the game were aimed at eliminating all kinds of party-invitation problems. It’s suspected that the recent update may have been the cause.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection was released last year to connection issues. Microsoft has already promised that those affected during the first month will be entitled to a free download of the remastered version of Halo 3: ODST’s campaign when it releases next month.