Some Halo Infinite players are noticing strange issues with skill-based multiplayer matchmaking, a possible result of a recent update.
343 Industries recently brought Infinite Halo in its second season dubbed Lone Wolves, an update that brought tons of content and fixes. However, some Infinite Halo fans believe that a new patch in Season 2 secretly made skill-based matchmaking worse in some ways.
Several Infinite Halo fans are expressing their displeasure with the FPS for the past few days and summing up their experiences to a secret update that dropped which made skill-based matchmaking worse than it has been since release of the game. SBMM has been a prominent tool in many online multiplayer games on modern consoles, with Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Fortniteand Valorant among popular titles that used it to match players of equal skill. While there are sometimes issues with SBMM that are voiced by a game’s community, this usually ensures that players aren’t regularly disadvantaged, but this has apparently been changed to Infinite Halo be stricter than before.
Although skill-based matchmaking has been a feature of Infinite Halo‘s multiplayer since launch, these fans are pointing to an update that suddenly dropped and changed the pace of gameplay. The patch was apparently added a few days ago and Reddit user AkazayaNine explained that it takes a lot longer to find multiplayer matches, and once they find one the match is much more competitive than the previously standard experience. Another user known as Hantzle also observed differences from the hidden Infinite Halo patch, sharing a screenshot that shows below-match average scores alongside the suggestion that they’re not having fun.
Based on these Reddit users’ posts and subsequent response, Infinite Halo fans reject SBMM as it currently stands. Because Infinite Halo categorized playlists, many fans refer to it as a multiplayer mode for hardcore gamers so casual playlists can be left largely untouched and closer to old ones Halo securities. Although many Infinite Halo fans recommended others quit the game if SBMM bothers them, a few fans suggested that 343 Industries revert to the old method of pairing players based on connection rather than skill level.
The new SBMM issues come on top of other issues causing players to leave, including Infinite HaloDesyncing prevents player hits from registering accurately. Some Halo fans took the opportunity to praise Halo: The Master Chief Collection and its matchmaking, inferring to some other fans that it might be worth a try while waiting for a fix for Infinite Haloit’s SBMM. Many Infinite Halo gamers have suggested that the small community that remains dedicated to the game today may have few casual gamers, whether or not the new update made SBMM worse.
Infinite Halo is now available for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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