As we all prepare for this “Great Raid” to commence, it appears that many will find themselves left out of the battle all-together; unless they already part of a squad.
Ubisoft has recently announced that there will be no matchmaking in this First Raid! Though we originally announced that all levels and games, can and will accommodate for matchmaking.
Division community developer Hamish Bode said in the franchise’s weekly State of The Game developer stream today, before reading an official statement: “‘We decided to not include matchmaking, as we don’t think this would make a good gameplay experience for random groups. The Raid will test your ability to communicate well, have a good build set up and will require great teamwork to beat encounters.’”
Raids in Bungie’s Destiny games have never supported matchmaking, instead requiring groups of six players to manually find each other and commit to playing. Destiny 2 introduced a “guided games” feature that lets users sign up to be brought along for a ride through a raid. Most of the game’s other multiplayer modes use matchmaking, as do The Division 2’s, allowing players to simply pick an option, have the game find other players to connect to them and let them proceed with co-op or competitive play.
It is clear that this won’t be an easy transition for many players who don’t have physical friends who are also their pals. but it is with hopes that this is a step to filtering out the the players who only want to test the raid, and not commit.
We will continue to keep our focus on this story, as it unfolds… until then stay tuned folks! Peace.