In Modern Warfare 3, there wasn’t much team-play support, and players didn’t always have an easy time arranging matches against players who were at their approximate skill level. That may be changing with Black Ops 2. Recently Scump, a player on the MLG Pro Team Optic, recently disclosed some information (probably by accident) which he may have recently gleaned from talks with Treyarch. According to the MLG player, Black Ops 2 may feature a skill-based matchmaking system which is similar to the one featured in Halo and Starcraft 2.
This system will use a more advanced method of determining your skill level instead of relying solely on basic indicators like your numbers of kills against average players who may be far above or below your ability level. The skill levels of the players who you play against are also taken into account as part of the calculations. Treyarch also apparently plans to create a “League” system which works similarly to that featured in Starcraft 2. The League system will organize and distribute players based on how well they play and who they play against. The League system will function like a ladder, with players moving up and down through the Leagues based on their kill scores within each of them.
Is it just a rumor? Probably not, considering the source is known and has been talking to Treyarch. Another indication that this will actually likely happen comes from David Vonderhaar’s Twitter feed. “The person below this Tweet is unranked in #BlackOps2MP & needs 4 more placement matches.” Scump indicates that placements will be determined largely by 4×4 multiplayer matches. Stay tuned for more information since we expect Treyarch to make some kind of official announcement about the Leagues sometime in the near future, and meanwhile head over to the Black Ops 2 forums to chat with other players about multiplayer developments.