A new poll suggests that Black Ops Cold War Beta players want changes to SBMM before anything else.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta is in full-flow, and players are already taking issues with the trial. The game's online community is certainly doing well at pointing out major problems that they want to be fixed.
But there's one issue that seems to be reigning supreme in the minds of the fans right now. According to a new poll, Black Ops Cold War players want SBMM to change more than any other issue.
Skill-Based Matchmaking, or SBMM, has been present in every major Call of Duty title for years. However, it's only recently become a hot topic of debate in Black Ops Cold War.
Black Ops Cold War Beta's Biggest Issue
This problem is so widespread, that the poll wasn't even close. SBMM took around 68% of the vote, with around 25,000 gamers weighing in.
Although players do want changes to the game's indistinguishable visuals, automatic lobby disbanding, and lengthy Time To Kill, it's clear that Skill-Based Matchmaking is a much more pressing issue.
Not every voter agrees with the results of the poll, however, and there are several players that argue on behalf of keeping SBMM. There will always be split opinions with a new Call of Duty title, but this is the first time in recent memory that fans have been so up in arms about an incoming feature, prior to release.
Many players on the Black Ops Cold War subreddit are even voicing their distaste for the game's Beta. Going by the comments, a lot of fans are considering canceling their pre-orders if things don't change.
Why Do Cold War Players Hate SBMM?
Skill-Based Matchmaking sounds on paper like a good thing. The aim of the process is to pit skilled players with others at their level.
As a consequence, those who perform poorly will start having easier games. However, Call of Duty players don't like how SBMM alters their gaming experience.
Those who are great at the game don't want to have to face others at their level constantly, as it forces them to give 100% to every match. When every player is running a top-tier loadout and trying their best, the game becomes noticeably less fun.
It also encourages reverse boosting, where players will purposefully throw games to enter an easier lobby. Even DrDisrespect is reverse boosting to enjoy Black Ops Cold War, as a response to SBMM.
Skill-Based Matchmaking might be one of the biggest issues with Cold War, but it's not all the fans are complaining about. In fact, the biggest fan complaint with the Black Ops Cold War Beta has been about something else entirely.