Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will release in 2022, and it seems like the game will be making changes to Skill-Based Matchmaking.
Skill-Based Matchmaking (or SBMM) is a feature that has been in Call of Duty for years, long before players began complaining about it. The system works to place users with others at their level, to keep things fair in-game.
New players will go up against weaker opponents, while more experienced soldiers will face off against those of a similar skill level.
In theory, this sounds like a good thing, but for many gamers, an emphasis on strict SBMM is what’s killing their fun.
After all, those players who are extremely skilled at Call of Duty must now always play at 110% effort, and must always run the current meta, or else they’ll get destroyed by others doing so. Over the last few years, we’ve seen complaints about Skill-Based Matchmaking skyrocket.
And some players even look at finding ways to tank their SBMM level for easier games.
Now, one leaker claims that SBMM is changing in Modern Warfare 2. But will it be enough to keep fans happy?
SBMM Changes Coming in Call of Duty: MW2
It seems that Skill-Based Matchmaking is still getting tweaks where Modern Warfare 2 is concerned.
A new series of claims by leaker RalphsValve reports that MW2 may feature a different take on the system. The bad news for those that hate the feature, is that the leak claims that SBMM will be present in Modern Warfare 2, as expected.
However, the function is reportedly getting some tweaks and improvements on the road to launch.
RalphsValve’s source, who they claim is “an associate close to Call of Duty” reports:
[Skill-Based Matchmaking is] complicated, but pragmatic. We’re always looking for ways on improving every facet that contributes to a product’s success, that’s the initiative […] SBMM is one of those things, as it’s really a matter of trial-and-error.”
Although this doesn’t reveal a lot about what changes will feature in MW2 exactly, the leaker goes on to talk about a couple of key features of the revamped SBMM.
Bots & Disbanding Lobbies in Modern Warfare 2 Matchmaking
According to the leaker’s claims, which should all be taken with a pinch of salt, there are plans to incorporate bot pools into MW2 matchmaking.
Should a player be struggling against regular users, they may enter a lobby that has a few bot participants as well as real human players.
However, RalphsValve claims that an AI overhaul will allow Infinity Ward to track skill levels and counter ‘smurfs’. Players could get booted from matches if they’re found to be exploiting the system.
Unfortunately, the current SBMM layout seems to indicate that disbanding lobbies will also be sticking around. The unpopular feature makes it hard to build rivalries and make connections while playing Call of Duty, a feature that many users enjoyed in older titles.
However, it seems as though the current Skill-Based Matchmaking would ‘collapse’ if lobbies were to stay together after each game. If this proves to be correct, we imagine players will have more than a few complaints to voice at the end of this year.
We can’t wait to see how the new game looks, and we’re already getting lots of leaks for the ‘groundbreaking innovations’ coming to Warzone 2!
In fact, fans of the original MW2 will be happy to see these classic locations returning in the new Battle Royale map.