Since its release on November 13th, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has come under intense scrutiny thanks to skill-based matchmaking (SBMM).
The matchmaking structure has been a controversial subject as many players believe it has taken the casual aspect out of the public playlists.
SBMM places players of a similar skill level in the same game, offering a competitive experience in a playlist that is designed to be casual.
Many content creators and players have opted to reverse boost in order to be placed into lobbies filled with less skilled opponents in order to score clips worthy of the highlight reel.
Reverse boosting has proved effective and it appears that it hasn’t gone unnoticed by developer Treyarch.
Treyarch To Disable Reverse Boosting?
According to notable Call of Duty leaker Tom Henderson, there are some “big changes” coming to Black Ops Cold War in the coming months and it may have something to do with the omission of reverse boosting.
In a huge Twitter thread, Henderson said that both Activision and Treyarch are aware of players using reverse boosting to be placed into a lower bracket of matchmaking, suggesting that the exploit could be fixed in an upcoming update.
As mentioned last night, ATVI and devs are now aware of the exploits, so it's possible that the joining session exploit might be fixed in some capacity. Either way, big changes are coming for Call of Duty and it's community. It's going to be an interesting next few months.— Tom Henderson (@_TomHenderson_) December 8, 2020
This could be the beginning of the end of SBMM, which would certainly please the vast majority of the community who believe SBMM in Black Ops Cold War is so strong, that it is putting them off playing the game.
The End Of SBMM?
Considering the widespread backlash regarding SBMM, it’s surprising that it has taken such a long period of time for Activision and Treyarch to take some form of action.
If changes are being made to SBMM, is this a sign of a ranked playlist being added in the not-too-distant future?
It is unclear as to whether the disabling of reverse boosting is coming in time for the launch of Season One which begins on December 16th.