Microsoft had planned to release the next Halo Wars 2 DLC leader, Colony this week, however this will not happen. In Microsoft’s latest weekly blog post earlier today, developer 343 industries said “a few lingering pesky bugs” contributed to a situation that meant that Colony had to be delayed. “As much as we hate to let down players and fall through on a promise, holding the DLC to make sure these issues get addressed is the right, albeit painful, call to make,” the studio said. 343 industries also stated that the particular bug was one the “game breaking” variety. The developer went on to explain the issue:
“Initially the real show stopper had to do with the new Skitterer units, which are basically little symbiotes that can be attached to any friendly unit that acts as a mini self-targeting turret and healer. During a final test pass, the team found something disturbing. It turned out that once an attached Skitterer started firing on a target, it could continue doing so with zero regard to range or line of sight,” the studio said.
“Imagine equipping a few fast moving Banshees with Skitterers, flying up to your opponent’s base and taking a few quick shots, and then retreating across the map as your friendly Skitterers continue to fire away at their target from miles away. Some may call that awesome but alas it’s also a cheap exploit that would immediately result in some really bad game experiences and whole lot of salt from players on the receiving end.” The good news for Halo Wars 2 fans is that Colony is now “on track” to release some time next week. In addition to the new leader, the Colony DLC adds two more achievements to unlock.
- Hunter/Hunted: User Hunter Captain’s Taunt Ability 50 times
- Turrets Everywhere: Attach 50 Skitterers to squads.
343 Industries looks to eliminate the game breaking bug as well as solve the issue with the Skitterers that could be used as an exploit. The developer is focused on providing players with a great game experience and feel like the delay will give them time to do so. Fortunately Halo Wars 2 fans only have another week to wait for the update.