Apex Legends devs reveal upcoming SBMM changes for “more balanced matches”

Skill-based matchmaking has been a controversial topic in nearly every multiplayer FPS out there, and Apex Legends Dev Response confirms that changes are on the way. After testing these changes in one area, the devs have shown their “promising” effects.

Skill-Based Matchmaking, or SBMM, is a system designed to pair players with similar skills together. This has been a controversial topic especially in Call of Duty and Apex Legends, with players feeling they are being punished for performing well or teaming up with a more skilled player.

Apex devs confirmed in November that the change is happening, and that they have begun testing these results in an arena with the goal of “more balanced matchmaking”. Describing the results as “promising”, he showed how the new SBMM system affects the performance of the average player.

“Over the holidays, we did some Apex matchmaking tests in one area to create more balanced matches,” tweeted reaction entertainment On 3 January. “We are seeing promising results as players are able to take more kills (pink line in graph).”

As shown in a graph posted by Respawn, the percentage of players getting at least one kill per game has gone up. While we don’t know the percentage range shown on the graph, it does mean that the lobbies are more balanced.

The devs haven’t revealed what these matchmaking changes will be, but Apex dev Sammy Duck explained that it’s currently based on the “supreme player in the group” and that’s set to change.

Asked by a “around platinum” ranked player if they would come up against higher ranked players less frequently in public matches, Duke confirmed that they would.

Respawn said they will “continue to monitor” the new SBMM system and a blog post with more detailed insights is forthcoming.

With the overwhelming response to SBMM, players are glad to see that Dev is addressing their concerns and bringing about a change. However, we will have to wait for more news to know when these changes will be implemented globally.

The next big update should be the leaked Lunar New Year Collection event, with Season 16 expected in February.

Image credits: Respawn Entertainment

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