The beta for Call of Duty: Vanguard has acted as the community's first chance to get their hands on multiplayer for the latest annual release in the first-person shooter franchise. While players get to grips with a new set of weaponry and a range of new maps, the controversial topic of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) has reared its head once again.
Designed to keep public matches competitive, the opinions of players are often split on whether SBMM should feature in the casual Call of Duty playlists, and in a bid to face easier opponents, players are intentionally losing matches.
COD Vanguard SBMM
Whether it's a Team Deathmatch or an objective mode such as Patrol, players have already noticed that matches feel hugely competitive which isn't exactly ideal for those that want a more casual experience. The issue has got to a point where players are reverse boosting to match with lesser-skilled players.
The video above comes from notable leaker Tom Henderson, who streamed his Vanguard gameplay as well as him performing a method to get easier lobbies. While some players were in favour of his actions, others weren't so impressed. "Is it that serious that you have to go through the trouble of reverse boosting to enjoy the game?" one viewer commented.
Is SBMM In Call of Duty: Vanguard?
After several hours of playing the beta, SBMM is present within Vanguard which is a positive for those that like a sense of competition but a negative for players that want to jump into the action for a couple of games. As always, the topic of SBMM has sparked debate amongst the community, with some calling for Sledgehammer Games to tone it down before Vanguard's November 5th release.