Respawn Entertainment has pledged to significantly improve Titanfall's matchmaking, which has been getting progressively slower and more finicky since launch. PC players may also be pleased to note that the Capture The Flag playlist has returned with expanded region searches, following a major outcry and a seriously passive-aggressive status update.
The update in question comes by way of a new blog post that gives in in-depth explanation of why Respawn removed two PC playlists last week. "If you’re just catching up, we made the decision to remove these modes because hardly anyone was playing them and matches were nearly impossible to find," reads one of many attempts to blame players for removing the playlist in an extraordinarily long and detailed explanation of how Titanfall's matchmaking works. "It's obvious that lots of people were upset - far more than the player counts on the removed modes led us to believe."
Cry us a river, Respawn. You still removed two playlists in a game that only had five to begin with.
However, it's actually an interesting read in all fairness, that helps to explain how Xbox Live's Azure cloud infrastructure allocates servers and resources on-the-fly, and why thousands of active players doesn't equate to a similar number of active lobbies and games.
Critically, Respawn has reactivated CTF on PC with expanded region searches, which means that players may end up with higher pings but likely to find games much quicker. It's a speedy turnaround that we're immensely pleased to see.
It's just the first step in an effort to speed up and rebalance Titanfall's matchmaking on both PC and Xbox One. Lobbies will display “connecting…” messages on player slots so you know when more team-mates are incoming, and will automatically reshuffle unbalanced teams. Respawn are also looking to use their metrics to group headset-using players together in order to create more social matches.
"Beyond this, we’re working on new game modes, riffs on existing game modes, Hashtag matchmaking, and more. We plan to keep the playlist selection of Titanfall fresh and fun, with engaging new ways to play and switch-ups to old favorites. We’ll continue to update you all on Titanfall.com and our social channels about the cool stuff in the works."