Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is currently in Alpha and there are several complains, already, about its skilled based matchmaking.
Skilled Based Matchmaking, as the name suggest, is the mechanism that chooses the group of enemies that you will face in your next match based on your in-game ability. This allows games to be balanced, so everybody can enjoy them no matter how good he/she is. Treyarch decided to implement that feature to Cold War, leading to players noticing that their games were all surprisingly hard-fought. However, it looks like that this is not what most of Call of Duty players want.
Former Call of Duty world champion Seth ‘Scump’ Abner made a tweet stating that “[Skill-Based matchmaking] does not belong in Call of Duty,” and that there should be ranked mode for players who want to take every game seriously. Many pros and casual players agreed with Scump, making several tweets suggesting that both a Normal and a Ranked mode should co-exist in Cold War. With this option, players will get to choose if they want to compete for fun or if they want a competitive grind in the ladder.
SBMM does not belong in Call of Duty. There should be a ranked playlist for people to sweat in. I’m not trying to play Scuf wielding game fuel chugging demons with szn in their psn on Miami TDM. Also, to the noobies that are gonna cry about this tweet, hold this choppy gunny.
— Seth Huntsmen (@scump) September 19, 2020
However, according to Treyarch’s director of technology, Martin Donlon, every game from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 2 had some form of Skilled Based Matchmaking. “Skilled Based Matchmaking is one of many many tuneable parameteres in a matchmaking system” Donlon continues, indicating that the developers will probably change the que system (on top of the snipers’ nerfs hopefully) before the full release of Cold War on November 13.
They all had SBMM. https://t.co/POpRwO0qXR
— Martin Donlon (@wickerwaka) September 19, 2020
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