How Does Destiny Matchmaking Work?

I don’t know about you, but video games are some of the best things that mankind ever came up with. Thank you, Benjamin Franklin, for discovering electricity and making everything fun possible.

Loving video games is a whole different kind of affliction; we prefer spending our time playing royal battles in virtual reality. Seeing the animated world through our character’s eyes, slicing past the bad guys, with just the mission in our mind, who said video games are silly? The amount of discipline and dedication required to complete a game is some of the purest forms of commitment that you could ever witness from a fellow human being.

Destiny 2 (also known as Destiny 2: New Light and Destiny: Guardians in Korea) is a Bungie-developed online-only first-person shooter video game. Destiny 2 is a multiplayer game. It was first released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4,  and Microsoft Windows as a pay-to-play game in 2017.

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On October 1, 2019, Destiny 2 was available free-to-play under the New Light title, utilizing the games as a service model, accompanied by the release of the game on Stadia the month later. This was followed by its release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S platforms in December 2020.

Activision published the game on December 31, 2018, when Bungie purchased the franchise’s publishing rights. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s Destiny and its expansions.

In Destiny 2, there exists a competitive mode known as the Trials of Osiris, which has received mixed reviews from sources. Essentially, this mode allows the possession of a much-coveted loot to the team that wins. However, the Bungie developers want to enable the mode to be more accessible and user-friendly, allowing a higher number of players to receive the rewards.

Put simply, this matchmaking feature introduced in the game allows the players to be matched according to their skills on a much broader base, allowing for overall equality. Pretty democratic, right.

So if you are a little rusty or have been having a butterfinger week, or straight-up not in the mojo to win, then you would be paired up with similar struggling players. And if you are on a winning streak, suddenly turned ambidextrous, or own a miracle double hat-trick under your belt, you would be matched against people with the same ability level.

Destiny 2 is a shooter game for predators with MMO elements, so it offers all sorts of game modes that players can tackle,  from PvE to PvP. In PvE, players can dive into dungeons, perform full raids, and participate in various playlist activities such as strikes and nightfalls. For PvP,  there are different game modes for Crucible in one rev, with fewer choices but set to be better in the fifth year.

How Does Matchmaking Based on Skill Work in Games?

There are different approaches, but in general, formulas evaluate a player’s performance and give a score. The system then looks for and compares other players within a specific range of scores.

There often exist “brackets” like this, and sometimes, theoretically, the system throws the player a softball from a low bracket or a hardball from a high bracket, but often it’s with someone from their own bracket.

While not common or usually doesn’t take place, the system is programmed to compare the score of the player to everyone else’s and then wired to match the player according to the best match of their caliber. This is an expensive process.

Therefore, instead, the system periodically evaluates players, matches them to those brackets, and then adjusts based solely on those brackets. So, if it’s “normally” about once a day, when you suddenly break through and get really good, you won’t be able to find an equally good player until the brackets are updated after a while.

Some games make this very clear by putting the player in a “league” and allowing them to be promoted or delegated at the end of a week or so.

Destiny 2: Trials of Osiris Matchmaking

The Destiny 2 fan base has recently brought up matchmaking’s growing inconsistency, where teams and lobbies are frequently built in a way that ensures one side will defeat the other. The matchmaking mechanism essentially pits teams of highly skilled players as opposed to teams of less skilled players, leading to imbalanced encounters that either concludes very quickly or drag on for much too long. Some Crucible players may have believed that skill-based matchmaking was in use.

In response to these concerns and presumptions, Bungie stated that the matchmaking algorithm the game currently uses does not focus on the abilities of each individual player when forming teams. Because of the complaints from top-tier players at the time, system-based matchmaking was actually disabled a number of years ago and is still inactive for the majority of Crucible playlists today. Players of all skill levels have expressed concern about the current scenario; however, games are currently so uneven that the losing team has no hope of recovering. Games like those in the Call of Duty series employ system-based matchmaking to avoid just that.

Matches would be generally more balanced with system-based matchmaking active, and this adjustment could offer Bungie some time to find an alternative solution. Although Destiny 2 doesn’t focus on competitive modes, several gamers have suggested that it may benefit from a rank-based system.

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