As an extension to the matchmaking work required by ‘Play with Friends‘ and as part of the general effort in making the game easier to understand for new players we are working on adding tiers to matchmaking as has been requested by the community for a LONG time. So without wasting further keystrokes, take it away Reto.Hal9K (tier 3) – Reto.Robotron3000
To help avoid the situation where first-time players are being completely overrun by more experienced players, we are working on adding tiers into the action game matchmaking. This is also a benefit for the veterans, as they won’t be as frustrated with people new to the game who might not yet understand what “NMY pz3 at B2 app. B3” means. :-)
In the first iteration we will stick with two tiers, cleverly named: Tier 1 & Tier 2
Ranks 0, 1 or 2
Rank 3 or higher
For example, if you have a rank 4 rifleman and a rank 1 tanker, you are Tier 2, no matter which character you use.
To keep the first time experience simple Tier 1 players will only be allowed to enter skirmish missions, where the size of the map and the gameplay are a bit simpler than on the larger assault maps.
If there are more Tier 1 players than available Skirmish missions, the mission auto-generator will create more.
If a player uses the matchmaking system, it will automatically assign a match that fits the players Tier.
Squad based matchmaking system
When players join a squad, the rank of the player who created the squad will be the rank used for the rest of the squad. E.g.: if a player from Tier 1 joins a group that is created by a player from Tier 2, the matchmaking system will choose a Tier 2 match. So an experienced player can lift his friends.
Manually initiating missions
When a mission is initiated manually from the Mission List, the rank of the player that initiated the mission will be used for the match. All other players will be using the joining mechanism from this point on.
Tier 1 players can only initiate auto-generated skirmish missions from the Mission List.
Manually joining missions
A player can only join a mission from the Mission List, if it matches the Tier he is in. We will prevent the player from joining other missions.