Sledgehammer Games Ignores Skill-Based Matchmaking Concerns in Modern Warfare 3 AMA

Modern Warfare 3 Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM)

The developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games, took to Reddit on Monday for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with the community to address various concerns from the player base. And, as you could’ve expected, a number of the questions focused on Modern Warfare 3’s Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) for multiplayer.

For those that don’t know exactly what that is, SBMM is supposed to work by putting players in per-match lobbies made up of players of similar skill. While, in theory, it’s something that should be great for online multiplayer, the implementation of it for Call of Duty hasn’t been well received for several reasons.

Throughout the entire three-hour AMA session, Sledgehammer Games was asked multiple times about fixing it or, at least, improving it. However, the developers didn’t directly address the SBMM concerns once.

The closest thing players were able to get to an answer related to matchmaking and in-game lobbies was a comment on the team testing “non-disbanding lobbies”.

“In a future game update, we’ll be testing non-disbanding lobbies with a cohort of players to determine the performance of such a change. If these tests go well, we’ll explore a rollout to all players,” they said.

In response to the team not responding to SBMM questions, one user even said they’d pay $100 just to have them mention the feature once.

Aside from SBMM, Sledgehammer Games talked about skins being fixed, kill cam and HUD fixes, damage changes, the potential for looping killstreaks, and more.

What do you think of Sledgehammer Games seemingly ignoring the multiple questions and concerns around Skill-Based Matchmaking in Modern Warfare 3?

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