Halo Infinite Players Think Recent Update Secretly Made SBMM Worse

Some Halo Infinite players are noticing strange issues with the multiplayer’s skill-based matchmaking as a possible result of a recent update.

343 Industries recently released Halo Infinite in its second season called Lone Wolves, an update that brought tons of content and fixes. However, some Halo Infinite fans speculate that a newer patch during Season 2 has secretly made skill-based matchmaking worse in some ways.

Several Halo Infinite fans have expressed displeasure with the FPS in recent days and boiled down their experiences to a secret update that went down, making the skill-based matchmaking worse than it has been since the game was released. SBMM has been a prominent tool in many online multiplayer games on modern consoles, with Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Valorant being popular titles that have used it to match players with similar abilities. While there are occasional issues with the SBMM voiced by a game’s community, most of the time it doesn’t penalize players on a regular basis, but it seems like it’s changed in Halo Infinite to be stricter than before.

While skill-based matchmaking has been a feature in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer since launch, these fans point to an update that suddenly dropped and changed the pace of gameplay. The patch was apparently added a few days ago, and Reddit user AkazayaNine explained that it takes noticeably longer to find multiplayer matches, and once they do find one, the match is much more competitive than the previously default experience. Another user known as Hantzle also observed differences with the hidden Halo Infinite patch and shared a screenshot showing below average scores from a match alongside suggesting they weren’t having fun.

Based on the posts of these Reddit users and the subsequent response, Halo Infinite fans are rejecting the SBMM as it currently is. Since Halo Infinite has arranged playlists, many fans point out that this is a multiplayer mode for hardcore players, so casual playlists are largely untouched and more like the older Halo titles. While many Halo Infinite fans have advised others to leave the game if SBMM bothers them, a few fans have suggested that 343 Industries return to the old method of pairing players based on connection rather than skill level.

The new SBMM issues add to other issues causing players to leave, most notably Halo Infinite’s desync that prevents player hits from accurately registering. Some Halo fans have taken the opportunity to praise Halo: The Master Chief Collection and its matchmaking, and have distracted other fans that it might be worth a try while they wait for a fix for Halo Infinite’s SBMM. Many Halo Infinite players have suggested that the smaller community still committed to the game today may have few casual players left, whether the new update SBMM deteriorates or not.

Halo Infinite is now available for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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