Fans Call for the Removal of SBMM in MW3
Fans of Call of Duty are already demanding the removal of Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) from the highly anticipated new title, Modern Warfare 3 (MW3). SBMM has been a controversial feature in recent Call of Duty games, with players divided over its implementation. Despite the game not being released yet, players are vocalizing their frustrations with the mechanic and calling for its removal from the upcoming game.
Controversy Surrounding SBMM in Call of Duty
SBMM, also known as Skill-Based Matchmaking, is a feature that aims to match players with others of a similar skill level. On the surface, this seems like a fair way to pair players and create balanced matches. However, many players argue that this mechanic takes away from the organic and mixed-skill experience they enjoyed in previous Call of Duty titles.
The Negative Impact of SBMM on Players
While SBMM benefits lower-skilled and new players, it becomes problematic for more experienced gamers. These skilled players are consistently matched with opponents of similar abilities, making it difficult to achieve high kill streaks or dominate matches. The result is a less enjoyable and challenging experience for top-tier players.
Additionally, the strict matchmaking system also negatively affects players who prefer to play casually or experiment with non-meta loadouts. With SBMM in place, these players find themselves in lobbies filled with competitive and hardcore gamers, diminishing the fun factor of the game.
Solutions and Alternatives
Some players have suggested removing SBMM from non-ranked game modes in MW3 to restore the diverse and mixed-skill lobbies they enjoyed in earlier Call of Duty titles. Others are looking forward to Ubisoft’s upcoming shooter, XDefiant, which claims to not include Skill-Based Matchmaking in its casual modes.
However, despite player outcry, it is unlikely that Activision will publicly acknowledge SBMM or make any immediate changes. The company recognizes the value of SBMM for casual players and holds the majority of the player base in high regard.
It is clear that SBMM remains a highly divisive topic among Call of Duty players. While some appreciate the fair competition it brings, others long for the days of mixed skill lobbies where anything could happen. The future of SBMM in Call of Duty games remains uncertain, but it is evident that player feedback and demands play a crucial role in shaping the direction of the franchise.
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