If you’re not a fan of Black Ops Cold War’s SBMM, chances are you won’t like Vanguard either.
Call of Duty Vanguard is the latest AAA shooter announcement on the scene, and it’s releasing soon! But if you’re one of the COD fans who hates Skill-Based Matchmaking, we’ve got bad news for you.
Recently, Call of Duty fans in particular have been increasingly up in arms about SBMM. Some gamers even use a VPN just to bypass Warzone SBMM completely.
In case you’re out of the loop, Skill-Based Matchmaking is a function that aims to match players with others of their skill level. Of course, this is a good thing if you’re a low-skill player, to ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed when playing the latest COD title.
However, at high levels of play, continually running into other high-skill players can be exhausting. And fans feel like they need to run the top-tier loadouts and give every game their all just to compete.
As such, many Black Ops Cold War fans hate SBMM. But it’s not going away in Call of Duty Vanguard.
Call of Duty Vanguard Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM)
According to new reports, Call of Duty Vanguard will have Skill-Based Matchmaking in a big way.
This shouldn’t come as a shocking revelation to many fans, as Call of Duty titles have had SBMM for years now. However, fans believe that developers have tightened up the algorithm in recent years to make the function stricter.
Now, various sources are confirming that Vanguard will have SBMM identical to that of Black Ops Cold War’s. Despite launching with an insane amount of Multiplayer maps, Vanguard is already disappointing users.
According to a report by DualShockers, “Activision feels as though the system has been perfected” and doesn’t need to be tweaked. With that in mind, don’t expect any changes to matchmaking this time around.
That said, you’ll be able to change the sweaty nature of your gameplay thanks to Vanguard’s new Combat Pacing mechanic!
Vanguard SBMM and EOMM
But it’s not just SBMM that you need to watch out for. Call of Duty leaker TheMW2Ghost reports that Engagement Optimized Matchmaking is also present in Vanguard.
This system aims to match players in an optimal way to maximize engagement. With that in mind, players are queued into lobbies that minimize the risks of them quitting playing.
Therefore, Vanguard may well hand players just enough good lobbies to keep them invested in the Multiplayer experience. However, it’s important to note that Activision has not yet spoken publically about either SBMM or EOMM inside Vanguard.
If these leaks prove to be correct, we can expect to see more reverse boosting in Call of Duty Vanguard.
After all, we discovered early on that Black Ops Cold War players want SBMM changed more than any other issue!
Be sure to tune in this weekend to watch Vanguard’s Multiplayer reveal and get free Open Beta access! Perhaps we’ll have a better idea of how the game will operate after the Beta is over.
However, Vanguard’s reveal trailer is already being review bombed by irate fans. And Xbox fans don’t seem to care about Vanguard already, with Halo and Battlefield 2042 on their minds.