It is impressive to see Tekken 7 experience such a smooth release, without any technical or other major issues. The ranked matchmaking works as intended for the most part. However, there is one little aspect that is causing a bit of frustration and the developer is finally acknowledging the feedback.
To be clear, the matchmaking is not flawed. It accurately pairs opponents based on their skill levels and internet connections. The downside is that the system notifies both players exactly who they will be fighting. You not only get to see their ranks but also their characters of choice. In other words, players are calculating their likelihood of winning before accepting every ranked match.
If the opponent is too highly ranked or playing a character deemed “annoying” to fight, players will decline the match to improve their odds. Some have even gone on a rampage, declining every match until they are pitted against someone they are absolutely certain will defeat with ease.
An upcoming patch for Tekken 7 will address this problem by hiding the rank and character of opponents. Players will still be able to see their internet connections and choose to decline if they so wish.
“We have received inquiries from a number of customers regarding situations in which they appear to have trouble matching with other players in Ranked Match,” reads an announcement. “Player and opponent character will no longer be displayed when searching for a match in Ranked Match.”
There is no word on when the patch will go live, but it is commendable to see the developer so active just days after the game’s release. As far as the fighting game community is concerned, the netcode is incredibly good. There have seldom been complaints about online lag, with only a minor debate on input lag on certain platforms. The majority of players, though, are very satisfied with how Tekken 7 has turned out.
Tekken 7 released last week to stellar reviews. It is being hailed as the best installment in the series yet, and one of the best fighting games to hit the markets in recent years. The honor was previously being given to Injustice 2, but now there is a debate of which of the two is the superior brawler.