To the chagrin of most players, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ended up with skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). For the most part, the Modern Warfare community has put up with it, but now more than ever, fans are calling for Infinity Ward to make changes to the way matchmaking is carried out.
Posted by user DJRSXS, the Reddit post hosting the comments addressing the issue is a pretty simple one. It’s a meme depicting how everyone commenting on the post is trying to get Infinity Ward’s attention to no avail. Commenters discuss their experiences and opinions with Call of Duty's skill-based matchmaking, and a lot of them are not positive.
The most common complaints about the system revolve around the lackluster network connection it causes, which seems to be a staple issue with most games that use it. Skill-based matchmaking focuses on connecting players with others of the “same” skill level. In exchange, the system disregards matching through quality connection, making an already trying situation worse for fans. Lag on top of fighting the most potent weapons of the meta doesn’t make for a very enjoyable multiplayer experience.
Skill-based matchmaking has never really been the most popular feature in shooting games. Even the Destiny community has its fair share of complaints about it. While the intention of the system makes sense, it doesn’t do what it sets out to most of the time. Players who do even somewhat decently in their causal games tend to find themselves matched with others who take the game a tad bit more seriously than they do, which turns things into a struggle rather than a fun experience.
Infinity Ward does respond to community feedback on Reddit. But, despite the fact that this particular post has been up for three days and is fairly popular, Infinity Ward hasn’t commented on it yet, which, again, is what the Reddit post is making fun of in the first place. It could be the hold-up is that the team is working on how to nerf the 725 shotgun without accidentally buffing it this time. But then skill-based matchmaking is something fans have been complaining about for a while now without progress. Hopefully, this Reddit post will be enough to get the Infinity Ward's attention on the issue, though, and fans can get the solutions their looking for.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.