According to an insider information leak, Activision is aware of issues with Black Ops Cold War’s SBMM, leading to speculation that changes are coming soon.
Ever since players got their hands on Black Ops Cold War, there have been complaints about SBMM. For those uninitiated, Skill-Based Matchmaking, or SBMM, is a feature that aims to pit players with others of their skill level.
It will group poor players together, ensuring a fair and balanced experience, but consequently, it must also do the same to better users. This leads to good players facing off against other good players, and some fans don’t like this.
The reason for this is simple. If everyone in your lobby is at your exact skill level, you’re going to have to try really hard to perform well.
Gone are the days of the mixed lobbies, or so players believe. Now, there’s no room in high-rank games for anything other than a stressful, hard-fought match using only the meta weapons.
Now, Activision may be about to make a change, as a new leak announces that the company is well aware of the SBMM issues in Black Ops Cold War.
Could Activision Be Changing SBMM in Black Ops Cold War?
According to new insider information from notable leaker Tom Henderson, Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Activision are “aware of the current SBMM controversy.”
This is a cause for celebration for many players, who see this as a chance for the game to get some much-needed improvement.
In fact, many Black Ops Cold War fans want SBMM changed more than any other issue. But we’re not so sure that the controversy Henderson is referring to is the one players believe it is.
After all, the leaker followed up with another tweet, explaining that Activision is aware of current exploits to bypass SBMM. For example, it appears that the publisher now knows the trick to lower SBMM in Black Ops Cold War.
These methods may well end up being patched out completely in a future update. This leaves players more worried than ever about the state of the game.
After all, even a content creator like DrDisrespect is reverse boosting to enjoy Black Ops Cold War. Activision should be taking notes as to why players are countering SBMM, rather than simply stopping it from happening.
Even just adding a Ranked playlist to Cold War’s Multiplayer would be enough to resolve the issues. Those who want to play competitively could head into Ranked, and everyone else could join a mixed skill lobby.
But, of course, this would leave low skill players in a lobby where they may have no fun. And with the casual users no longer enjoying the game, they’d be less inclined to buy cosmetic items or the next title in the series.
Recently a new video showed off just how much difference SBMM makes in Black Ops Cold War. With some users barely able to notice an enemy right beside them, it’s no wonder that Activision is trying hard to protect the casual players.
We can only hope that change arrives with the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Season 1. If SBMM doesn’t change, not even the incredible maps for Cold War Season 1 will keep fans playing this game.