Console Matchmaking Queue Consolidation - Season 9

Hello Survivors,

Back in our Console Dev Update letter in June, we touched on the high number of queues in PUBG and how that has been negatively affecting player experience and matchmaking. Over the last few months, we have been closely monitoring the health of matchmaking per region.

In our inaugural update of Season 9, we will be adding the highly requested Ranked Solo mode. With this addition, we are also making necessary changes to the available queues per region to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

As such, below are the queues that will be closed as a result of this consolidation:

Europe

  • FPP Solo
  • FPP Duo

South America

  • FPP Solo
  • FPP Duo
  • FPP Squad

Asia

  • FPP Solo
  • FPP Duo
  • FPP Squad
  • Ranked TPP Squad

Oceania

  • FPP Solo
  • FPP Duo
  • FPP Squad
  • Ranked TPP Squad

Our goal with these changes is to avoid bot-filled matches and less waiting times. PUBG is a competitive game by nature, so our goal with these changes are to increase player count in matches and decrease waiting times. We are also implementing the bot ratio change in the higher MMR tiers in Normal matches, which we announced in our October dev update.

In Asia and Oceania, we are seeing that popularity for unranked matches far outweighs that of ranked matches. Even though Ranked Mode matchmaking in these regions isn’t where we want it to be, our Asia and Oceania fans have been constantly telling us that they’re yearning for a competitive experience. Not only are Ranked Solos a major part of Season 9, we wanted to make sure that our Asia and Oceania players get a fair chance to revive the Ranked Mode scene in their regions. We’re hoping that Solo queues will be more sustainable than Squads, but please note that ranked queue availability can always change again depending on matchmaking health down the season.

This queue consolidation will take place during the live server maintenance for Update 9.1. After this, we’ll be actively monitoring matchmaking health throughout Season 9 to see if additional adjustments to the queue lineup are needed for the following season.

We know how important matchmaking is and we’ll be sure to give you a heads up whenever there are further adjustments coming. Also, before we wrap up, we want you to give you a friendly reminder that PUBG is an ever-adapting live service game, so please give us feedback on these changes and we’ll no doubt review them internally. Thank you for all of your help and feedback thus far and we hope to hear your thoughts on these changes.

See you on the Battlegrounds,

Joon H. Choi, Console Lead Project Manager

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