Call of Duty developers have always remained tight-lipped around the subject of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM), but Sledgehammer Games may be about to lift the curtain on matchmaking in MW3.
It is one of the most controversial features in CoD, and tons of players have been calling for it to be removed or even reduced.
Now, the developers have finally addressed the concerns of many in its fanbase.
Call of Duty Developers Address SBMM
For the first time in history, the Call of Duty development team has addressed matchmaking and SBMM in MW3.
The full statement via CharlieIntel reads:
“We know there is a lot of interest in the matchmaking experience, especially around how skill contributes to how lobbies and matches are put together. Nothing is more important to us than the experience players have with the game, and matchmaking is a big part of that. We’ve been working on our matchmaking system for well over ten years, and we continue to spend a ton of time and energy on improving the matchmaking process. This involves people working at our Call of Duty studios, our backend services teams at Demonware, and other groups like our Player Insights team.”
After acknowledging the long time the franchise has adhered to its matchmaking and SBMM online structure, the developers proceeded to explain the complexity of these services.
Additionally, they pitched in how they plan to share information about upcoming improvements and insight in the coming weeks after Season 1 has launched:
“It’s a large effort that we’ve worked on for many years, and our approach combines latency, search time, and skill, along with many other factors, to try to find the best match experience for you. Talking about this topic in detail can be hard, and we haven’t spent the time to pull together all of our work to share with you our insights and improvements over the many years. We’re looking forward to doing that in the coming weeks after Season 1 launches, and we’ll also make it a part of our ongoing discussions with the community.”
Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) has been polarizing in the Call of Duty community. Despite its longstanding presence, an official explanation has never been provided for its inclusion.
While there is speculation regarding the reasons behind Call of Duty’s implementation of SBMM, no official answer has ever been offered until now.
Many gamers were eagerly awaiting this statement on matchmaking and hope that the developers will finally be open for a discussion around it.
The best-case scenario for most players is for the developers to remove this feature completely.
However, there are some concerns this community address may not be about SBMM. Sledgehammer Games has previously been open about bringing back non-disbanding lobbies.
This, of course, also falls under the vague bracket of “matchmaking.”
It is possible that this upcoming talk on matchmaking could be about the future of this potential feature. This would undoubtedly be a disappointment for fans if this is the case.
Whether Sledgehammer Games does talk about SBMM in MW3, we will have to wait and find out.