There's no doubt about it, Titanfall is a superb game. However, we have had one issue with it since it sold in bucketloads and more and more players became available on the servers; the game's matchmaking talents left a lot to be desired.
That's something developer Respawn Entertainment has now addressed, admitting that pitching newbies up against those who have levelled up significantly was a problem. It has explained via its blog that after watching game performance since its release, it realised a couple of changes needed to be made to redress the balance of teams.
Respawn has made two significant changes based on a behind the scenes skill graph it has produced. It is now using that graph, which correctly identifies average skill levels, in order to pit correctly skilled players together.
"Searching for teammates and opponents will now sometimes take more time to look for players that are a good skill level match, rather than purely prioritising speed over quality," the studio says. "This will give us more time to build better teams and create closer games that are worth staying in for a longer period of time."
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In addition, the game will now look for new, similarly skilled players between battles, instead of pitching the same teams against each other time after time. That way, it can identify those with dramatically higher or lower skillsets than others and put them into more fair matches.
"Rather than playing against the same opponents over and over, the game will periodically split the teams apart and search for new opponents for each team," it says. "This means if one team is dominating, we will update the skill for all of the players and then find each team a better suited match for the next round.
"Did you lose to a really great team? We'll make them disappear and replace them with a new opposing team - and they will have no idea that you just got your butts kicked. This should end some of the frustration with playing for extended periods when you're having an off night."
At present, the changes are available in just one new game mode, an "Improved Matchmaking (Beta)" playlist that is available under "Play Classic MP" and features just Attrition battles for now. If Respawn is happy with the new system, it will expand it to other game modes.
Now we can safely play without knowing we're heading into hours of frustrating deaths.