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'Titanfall' gets a matchmaking update to balance out teams better

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In our Titanfall review, we noted how the Xbox One and PC game's matchmaking would lead to some incredibly unbalanced online matches. Respawn Entertainment revealed Thursday that it is attempting to address this issue with a new matchmaking update that is already available to try out in the sci-fi shooter.

The matchmaking update is available to test now in Titanfall in the "Improved Matchmaking (Beta)" playlist that is available under the "Play Classic MP' menu option. So what does it improve?

According to Respawn, Titanfall has been keeping track of and ranking players' skill levels from the very beginning but it hasn't been doing much with the information.

"Searching for teammates and opponents will now sometimes take more time to look for players that are a good skill level match, rather than purely prioritizing speed over quality," Respawn wrote in a post on the Titanfall website. "This will give us more time to build better teams and create closer games that are worth staying in for a longer period of time."

Another change is that Titanfall will no longer make you choose between facing the same team that is kicking your butt over and over or backing out matchmaking to start over.

"Rather than playing against the same opponents over and over, the game will periodically split the teams apart and search for new opponents for each team. This means if one team is dominating, we will update the skill for all of the players and then find each team a better suited match for the next round," the developer explained.

"Did you lose to a really great team? We'll make them disappear and replace them with a new opposing team - and they will have no idea that you just got your butts kicked. This should end some of the frustration with playing for extended periods when you're having an off night."

This marks the second update the game has received since it launched March 11 on the Xbox One and PC. The first update was to address gameplay balance. Future updates will bring free new modes according to Respawn founder Vince Zampella.

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