‘Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Makers Address Matchmaking And Ban Issues

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare might be considered one of the best games of 2014, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a few issues popping up every now and then. One of the biggest issues that Advanced Warfare fans have complained about was recently addressed by maker Sledgehammer Games. That issue was the length of time it can take for the newest Call of Duty’s title’s matchmaking to work.

Sledgehammer Games studio head Michael Condrey was the one who spoke about Advanced Warfare’s issues, in an apparent effort to make sure people knew the company is trying to be transparent. The Express reports that Condrey took to the COD’s community page in order to address Advanced Warfare’s fans concerns. Condrey made sure people understand exactly how the matchmaking system in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare works as well.

“Player connection to the host always takes priority over skill in the matchmaking process – always, no exceptions. Fast connection to a match hosted on our global dedicated servers is the most important component of our matchmaking system. And yes, to a lesser extent skill as a component of matchmaking is important too. The system is designed to put you in the best match, with balanced teams composed of players of varying skill from your geographic region.”

The Sledgehammer Games head also talked about something that has many Advanced Warfare gamers quite annoyed, and that is the phenomenon of “reverse boosting.” Reverse boosting is where Call of Duty players will go out of their way to kill themselves. By doing this in Advanced Warfare multiplayer matches, the player who kills themselves lowers their stats and can then get into games against lower ranked opponents. They are then able to dominate those lower ranked games.

“No one wants to lose an objective based match by effectively being outnumbered while their teammate shoots grenades into their own forehead 100 times in the corner,” Condrey said.

He added that Activision and Sledgehammer are actively looking for ways in which Call of Duty players who engage in reverse boosting can be banned quicker. The problem here, of course, is that some Advanced Warfare players are actually newbies or are not good at the faster pace and less forgiving environments of the multiplayer modes. Still, the studio head said he believes a new system just put into place will make it easier to identify and punish people who are ruining the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare experience for others.