During the first battles that have been fought since we have released Update 1.3.1, many of you have experienced some rather unbalanced matches in which you were pitted against Tier IV Hero Ships, while you were stuck in the starting Tier I ships. This is not an unexpected outcome of the new matchmaking system and I’m here to not only tell you that we’ll make some adjustments to this, that will make it less likely to happen, but also explain why it is happening and why we are not going to completely prevent it from happening:
With progression 2.0 we’ve made many adjustments to the matchmaking system. Matchmaking now takes into account player skill, fleet points (representing the strength of your fleet) and Fleet Tier. We wanted, on occasion, to have a player who is skillful and has a maxed out veteran fleet of ships to be pulled into a legendary match of less skillful players, with newly formed legendary fleets. We didn’t want to necessarily put in a hard line for that and we were hoping to get feedback and data from you. The new system is going for a “Balanced Teams” approach in which your team faces another team that has an equal strength to your own, even though single players might be stronger or weaker than others. This means you can potentially be the big dog and the weaker underdog in the same battle, depending on which player you face in a 1v1 battle, but overall your team is supposed to be on an equal power level as the opposing team.
To achieve this, it must be possible to be matched against players that have lower or higher tier ships than you and even lower or higher level fleets. The current problems that you are experiencing come from the fact that the Hero Ships have been slotted in Tier IV and that there are not yet enough players in this Tier to properly match these players against each other. Therefore they are being matched against players with Recruit Fleets. While this is not ideal, it is a temporary problem that will be fixed once the players are spread out across all tiers and in the meantime we will make some tweaks to the matchmaking settings to make it less likely that Tier IV Hero Ships are matched against groups of lower Tier players.
These adjustments will be temporarily and make their way into the game with tomorrow’s Hotfix. Additionally, the Hotfix will contain some bug fixes and general improvements based on the feedback you have provided since the release of Update 1.3.1 but more details on that later.
For now, we would like to get more feedback on the matchmaking changes that are being implemented tomorrow and we would like to thank everyone here for their participation and their help in improving Dreadnought!