Login | Signup

Respawn promises improved Titanfall matchmaking as CTF returns to PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox One Games

Respawn promises improved Titanfall matchmaking as CTF returns to PC

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."

Sounds good to us, since we're still loving Titanfall regardless. Here's our Expedition Map Pack review and Top Ten Titanfall wishlist for more reading material.

Add a comment5 comments
El Siccse  May. 27, 2014 at 14:31

Well I hope they hurry up as I am fed up with it. There might be no players left by the time they fix it.
I do not get much time to play games and what I do have is precious. I cannot waste it waiting for match ups.
In 1 hour last night I only managed 3 rounds of hardpoint.
Titanfall is good but it's not that good.
Love the site btw and looking forward to the watchdogs review.

Last edited by El Siccse, May. 27, 2014 at 14:37
Late  May. 27, 2014 at 15:55

Are you playing on pc or console, El Siccse?

I've been struggling with the game (I mainly play Hardpoint) on xbox One this last week or so. Was perfectly fine before then. Then it had a horrendous period of about 24 hours where I was getting about 1 game every half hour.
It's slightly better now, but definitely not great. I'm now getting a couple of games, then having to back out of the server and go back in every couple of games. If I don't back out I can be sat there for over half an hour without getting a game, but leaving and going back in usually gets me a game within a few minutes.

I miss that first 2 months where you never spent more than about 20 seconds looking for a game.
There seems to be loads of people playing. They're just not getting put into the same lobbies as each other :(

Fingers crossed it gets fixed soon. I love the game but my patience is wearing thin.

El Siccse  May. 27, 2014 at 18:42

Are you playing on pc or console, El Siccse?

I've been struggling with the game (I mainly play Hardpoint) on xbox One this last week or so. Was perfectly fine before then. Then it had a horrendous period of about 24 hours where I was getting about 1 game every half hour.
It's slightly better now, but definitely not great. I'm now getting a couple of games, then having to back out of the server and go back in every couple of games. If I don't back out I can be sat there for over half an hour without getting a game, but leaving and going back in usually gets me a game within a few minutes.

I miss that first 2 months where you never spent more than about 20 seconds looking for a game.
There seems to be loads of people playing. They're just not getting put into the same lobbies as each other :(

Fingers crossed it gets fixed soon. I love the game but my patience is wearing thin.
I am on PC. It seems to be getting worse with every update they make. Wish they would let us have our own servers. I hate all this cloud crap.

Tsung  May. 28, 2014 at 07:02

Well when the game launched, the cloud crap worked just fine, thou' matchmaking itself was silly broken (matching experienced players with total noobs). The real problem is the constant tweaking of Matchmaking and hiding of the true player numbers.

Still I agree, time is precious and sitting in a lobby is no fun. If they ever do "fix it" it will be too late, I have several friends who don't play it anymore, fed up with spending the majority of the time in lobby / matchmaking.

El Siccse  May. 28, 2014 at 09:35

Well when the game launched, the cloud crap worked just fine, thou' matchmaking itself was silly broken (matching experienced players with total noobs). The real problem is the constant tweaking of Matchmaking and hiding of the true player numbers.

Still I agree, time is precious and sitting in a lobby is no fun. If they ever do "fix it" it will be too late, I have several friends who don't play it anymore, fed up with spending the majority of the time in lobby / matchmaking.


Sorry for ranting but it is 2014 and I was having more fun on line back in 1995. These technological "advances" do nothing for the player or the gaming experience.

Email Address:

You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.