Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha looks to renew skill-based matchmaking debate

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has received a decent response from the public. One impression that it left among us is the use of skill-based matchmaking or SBMM.

It is a backend matchmaking system which puts players into matches with other players of the same skill level. However, some people complained regarding the SBMM in the Black Ops Cold War. Recently, the technology director of Treyarch decided to respond to those complaints.

Martin Donlon clarified someone on Twitter that games like Black Ops 2, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3 and Modern Warfare 2007 does not have SBMM and this made them better. Donlon has said that all of them had SBMM, the only fact is that they wasn’t immediately noticeable.

Donlon stated that SBMM is just one piece of the puzzle in matchmaking algorithms. SBMM is one of the tuneable parameters in a matchmaking system. But people talk about it like its a big switch that can be simply turned on or off.

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The Black Ops Cold War alpha took place at the last weekend on PS4 and now its over. Players have clearly seen that sniper rifles were OP in the alpha and this was done on purpose. In case if players haven’t tried the alpha, Trysearch would hold an open beta in the month of October at PS4, Xbox One and PC. Players can check the Black Ops Cold War beta guide for further details.

Black Ops Cold War will be launched at PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC on 13th November. The game is a sequel to the original Black Ops which takes place in 1981. The game has brought back the fan-favourite Zombies mode with additional modes of multiplayer and campaign.


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