Bungie’s most recent game update includes Destiny 2 Crucible matchmaking changes designed to ensure better connections and matchmaking speeds for the top players of the FPS game, according to a tweet from the official Bungie Help Twitter account.
“We are making some targeted adjustments to matchmaking in Control. Our goal is to improve matchmaking speed and connections for players in higher skill bands,” the tweet reads.
It also includes a note to let players know that if they encounter any issues with this change, they can submit it to Bungie’s official help forum.
Bungie won’t say what changes it made, but the update does fix an issue that can be a constant challenge in competitive shooting games.
Game developers often implement matchmaking based on players’ skills to ensure balanced competition. While some people find the concept unfair outside of ranked games, such matchmaking keeps the game fun for casual and less skilled players, who typically make up the bulk of a game’s player base.
However, these solutions often mean that top-level players often have to wait a long time for matches, while the game struggles to match them with competitors who can also compete at a high skill level. These players can also match with someone in a different region, which can cause problems with lag and hit registration.
Therefore, iterations of the matchmaking process are usually welcome, as it can help balance the trade-off between long wait times and weak competition. This is especially true in a more casual-friendly game mode like Control, which, despite being PvP, isn’t necessarily a highly competitive activity and therefore attracts players of all skill levels.
Bungie began overhauling its skill-based matchmaking system at the start of Season 18. The game developer hopes to continue repeating Season 19 until the team finds matchmaking a solid place for both seasoned players and New Lights.
Bungie also introduced a handful of other fixes with Hotfix 126.96.36.199. Highlights include a fix to fix Mindbender’s Ambition (Adept) not falling with two perks in the left trait column, a fix to reduce the number of Headless Ones that had to be defeated in Haunted Lost Sectors to achieve a specific triumph , and several minor changes to the Festival of the Lost Event map.
If you’re looking to use Crucible under the new changes, you’ll want to check out our best Destiny 2 Titan builds, best Destiny 2 Hunter builds, and best Destiny 2 Warlock builds for ideas on how to leverage the character’s impact in PvP activities.