Call of Duty: Warzone, the latest addition to the CoD line-up and the first Battle Royale we’ve seen from the team since Blackout (barring CoD Mobile), is finally here.
Despite its bugs, the game is off to a massively successful start, and one of the best features of the game is its lack of a feature – specifically, skill-based matchmaking.
For those not aware, skill-based matchmaking is one of the most hotly-debated topics in the multiplayer genre. The feature sees players matched with players of a similar skill level with the aim of providing a pretty consistent and fair match.
The mode, which is prevalent in Modern Warfare, isn’t as popular as you might think. Players have branded SBMM as “boring,” criticising the mode for taking the fun out of play.
For new players, it’s also a little bit of an odd one, as SBMM isn’t used in a lot of games and so can often make the levelling-up process pretty dull.
In an interesting move from Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Warzone doesn’t use skill-based matchmaking – and it looks like it probably never will.
According to IF, there’s no SBMM for any of the large player count modes in MW – something which was extended to Warzone and its 150 player capacity.
On social media, the lack of SBMM in Warzone has been heavily celebrated – especially when compared to Battle Royale game, Apex Legends.
Warzone officially landed across consoles and PC on March 10.
On the Activision blog, the company writes: “Call of Duty: Warzone is a new free-to-play, massive combat experience from the world of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare®. And we mean massive: Warzone delivers a huge gaming experience for up to 150 players in the incredibly expansive map of Verdansk.”
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