The largest Chivalry 2 update since they added horses is out now. Just like the earlier updates, Duel of the Fetes provides some new maps (three deathmatch maps, on this case) to my favourite first-person medieval warfare game, however it most notably comes with two main new options: skill-based staff balancing and help for unofficial servers.

Wherever the phrases “skill-based” seem, there’s going to be discourse, though on this occasion, the participant suggestions has much less to do with arguing concerning the precept of the factor and extra to do with it not working right.

In contrast to ability based mostly matchmaking, a controversial function in lots of multiplayer shooters, Chivalry 2’s new system would not attempt to populate total matches with gamers of comparable ability. As an alternative, it makes an attempt to compose similarly-talented groups from no matter pool of gamers a match finally ends up with.

When gamers load right into a match, the brand new system shuffles the groups whereas “considering gamers’ world ranks in addition to their premade events,” in response to developer Torn Banner. It should try and hold events collectively, and is “not solely attempting to realize a 1:1 stability in response to world rank.” After that preliminary sorting is full, gamers are solely in a position to swap to the opposite staff if its participant rely is the same as or lower than their staff’s.

That every one sounds high-quality to me, however for some motive, the system apparently did the alternative of what it was purported to. A couple of participant posted a screenshot on Reddit exhibiting one staff completely stacked with excessive rank gamers:

Good one devs hahahahhaha from r/Chivalry2

“As a result of an sadly new problem inflicting the Talent Primarily based Group Balancing launched in Update 2.10 to not operate as meant, we have turned off this function quickly whereas our staff continues to research,” wrote Torn Banner’s group supervisor on Reddit right now.

When it begins working prefer it’s meant to, the ability based mostly staff balancing system will not be lively in each match. It is being utilized to the 64-player goal and 40-player combined mode matchmaking queues, however not standalone servers operating these modes, which Torn Banner sees as “a extra social area for enjoying Group Goal and Group Deathmatch.” 

Talking of servers, the brand new unofficial servers will be rented from Nitrado for $13-$79 monthly, relying on the variety of gamers supported. Hosts can customise map rotations, class limits, and different server settings—a full breakdown will be discovered on this FAQ. I poked round within the server browser right now and located just a few customized servers operating already

Chivalry 2’s Duel of the Fetes update additionally provides a matchmaking area choice choice, new cosmetics, and varied bug fixes. You may see the whole patch notes right here, and I am going to update this publish every time they flip the ability based mostly staff balancing again on.