An interesting new development has come with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer scene. Mainly, that it has skill based matchmaking in multiplayer, which matches players of a certain skill with players of equal competence. This is apparently a controversy in some circles, but it will become the new norm soon.
While Infinity Ward hasn’t necessarily confirmed that such a system is in place for Modern Warfare, YouTube testers have confirmed that there is a hidden MMR setting in the game that takes note of a player’s performance over the past five games.
Modern Warfare, however, isn’t the first high-profile shooter game to have that mechanic. Various other popular games, like Apex Legends and Fortnite, also possess skill based matchmaking, but this is apparently the first time a Call of Duty game has done it.
This is only the most recent of the various changes the latest Call of Duty game has implemented, as before the game released Infinity Ward revealed a new leveling system that took away Prestiging, the previously-done Call of Duty level up that allowed players to earn better weapons with higher ranks.
However, while the reveal may be controversial for some who enjoyed stomping on less-skilled players, for those that don’t make a career out of Call of Duty multiplayer, skill based matchmaking is definitely better in the long run, because it means you actually have a chance.
While Respawn dev Eric Hewitt has said that Apex Legends’s own matchmaking still needs a bit of fine-tuning, the results that they’ve come up with likely mean that the system is here to stay. If the complainers don’t like it, they’ll just have to step up their game.
So, if you haven’t been interested in Call of Duty’s multiplayer because of the skill gap, the skill based matchmaking might be just what you need.