Party MatchmakingI mentioned a month or so ago that we were close to releasing a temporary stopgap feature for party matchmaking. This feature is now live.
The new feature has full Fireteams try to only matchmake with full fireteams for around 2-3 minutes before giving up and letting them match with non-full parties.
However, if a full fireteam doesn’t search Focused, they can still match with non-full fireteams that have already waited 2-3 minutes.
In addition, if a non-full fireteam does not search Focused, a full fireteam can match with them after the Fireteam has waited 2-3 minutes, even immediately.
To guarantee you personally don’t see a full fireteam for at least 2-3 minutes, search Focused. This can have side-effects, as discussed below.
Onyx Solo Matchmaking with Party Restriction EnabledWith the new fireteam restriction enabled, solo-queueing Onyx players are starting to see Plats and even Golds in their matches. This is a side-effect of enforcing full fireteam matchmaking. Most Onyx players are in parties, so removing them from the available pool is pushing solo Onyx players into matches with lower-skilled players. The team balancing should still result in relatively even teams, but with some wide skill gaps.
Basically, we’ve traded solo Onyx players matching against organized to4 Onyx players for solo Onyx players playing with Platinum / high-Gold players.
Here are some options on how we could address this:
No Update Next Week I won’t be super available next week, so we’ll probably miss a week of updates.
- Leave it as is: Players can back out early manually if they want to avoid lower-skilled players, allowing those players who don’t care to still find matches.
- Turn off party restrictions: We could do this quickly. Though this would result in solo queueing players matching against to4 again, but at least they usually would all be Onyx.
- Tighten the allowable MMR gap. This would prevent Onyx from seeing Gold, but lead to much longer wait times, restarting the search a few times for Onyx players to find each other. It would also mean that Onyx players who don’t care would have to wait longer. Though if they searched Balanced it will alleviate that somewhat. We may try this first
- Allow longer search times: This would take a bit longer to do, but it is something we have on the table. The problem is, there wouldn’t be a lot of feedback about why the search was going on for so long.
I played 10 games or so with my friends (we we're a full fireteam) in Team Slayer a few nights ago and we definitely could notice the changes. Wait times were much longer then before, which I knew would happen, but out of the 10-12 games we played I would only say a few were pretty even. We had a few games where we played high Onyx players one game even with the high champion and then even had a bunch of games where we played gold's and even silvers!!! Many times after the match we heard the people on the other team say why are we playing these guys??? How is this fair??? It honestly wasn't fair at all when we played silvers/gold's or even platinums for the most part. I wasn't ranked yet nor was one of my other friends but my one friend was (barely onyx) We all have been playing since day 1 so we've been ranked previously in seasons. Feel free to go into my history and see the matches yourself.
Overall I'd say the matchmaking experience was ok... Not the greatest though. I do realize that if population was higher it would most likely be better and work really well as ZaedynFel
has stated but the reality is it's not. I know some people won't like this opinion but I seriously think it was better before when solo players could match against teams easier. My friends and I agree that we never thought the games were that bad before. I generally play with a full fireteam in ranked but not always and sometimes even solo and I would say we won as many as we lost.
At this point in Halo 5 life (read that again for anyone who might want to bite my head off here in what I'm aboat to say, as my opinion would be different if the population numbers were higher) my suggestion would be to Turn off party restrictions
again. Have it like before. I acknowledge it wasn't perfect before but I feel it wasn't that bad either and with the current population think that it might be the best way to go.
I would be open to Tighten the allowable MMR gap
but I think most people would not be happy waiting 5mins + or so for game. Kids today, heck society, isn't exactly the most patient as we know.
If population was good I'd say Tighten the allowable MMR gap
or Allow longer search times