We want to make sure that every time you log in to play Rogue Company, you have amazing, intense matches. There’s a lot that goes into that. It’s the gameplay that you love, the balance that keeps matches interesting… and yes, it’s the matchmaking.
We hear you: Matchmaking hasn’t been good enough in Rogue Company. And that’s why we’ve been working to address matchmaking for the past several months.
We implemented an all-new matchmaking system in 2021 which led to a noted improvement in matchmaking quality. We’ve continued to tweak the system and seen even more improvements since its initial rollout.
But we hear that many of you still don’t feel like you are consistently getting the high-quality matches you deserve. And we hear this most often from those of you who play in low-population queues (like Ranked, which has been our least popular mode since its launch day without exception) or live in low-population regions.
Though we will continue to work to grow the Rogue Company playerbase, there’s only one silver bullet that will make your matches start feeling better right now: Combining our controller and keyboard/mouse playerbases even further.
It might be a little scary to some of you — and it was at first to us, too. But we’ve already had crossplay in Rogue Company for some time through mixed-input parties, and we have seen the pros far outweigh the cons.
You’ll still be matchmade by skill level, just regardless of input type. If you’re good, you’re good — and it’s always better to have more good players to play against.
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
When you feel like you’ve gotten a bad match from our matchmaker, there’s one (very) likely culprit: A lack of good opponents to match you with.
There are tens of thousands of players on Rogue Company at any given time… but not everyone is in the same country, playing the same mode, on the same platform. PC Ranked players in low-population regions are particularly hard-hit by this.
Roughly speaking, let’s break down some high level numbers that help explain this.
About 6% of our matches are in Ranked, with both PC and Console combined. Strikeout is (and always has been) the most popular mode in Rogue Company, by a large margin.
Of that Ranked population, about 25% of you currently play on PC. Just like all of our other queues, the vast majority of Rogue Company players opt to play on controller.
Already, we’re down to less than 2% of our player population that is looking for a keyboard and mouse ranked match. And if you’re in a relatively unpopulated and geographically isolated place, such as, say, Australia, 2% of that player base can be very small indeed at certain times of day.
We believe we can make a much better match for you, faster, if we more than triple the matchmaking pool to include the controller player base, so with this in mind, we are combining the pools together.
If you have concerns, please — read through the rest of this post and let us know what you think. If you’re as excited as we are for better matchmaking and competition, we can’t wait for you to experience crossplay once the Rogues Rising update drops.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS!
I’M A PC MOUSE AND KEYBOARD PLAYER, AND I’M NERVOUS ABOUT PLAYING AGAINST CONTROLLER PLAYERS WITH AIM ASSIST. SHOULD I BE WORRIED?
Controller players can already end up in keyboard-mouse games, if they’re partied with KBM players. So you’ve probably already played some games against controller folks.
Our data suggests that you have nothing to worry about: There are good controller players, and there are bad controller players. Aim assist just helps to make it a balanced playing field between the precision of a mouse and that of a joystick.
Players will still be matchmade by their skill and other players available. And by making crossplay full-time, our matchmaker will have a better idea of everyone’s skill level playing against players with all input types.
I’M A CONSOLE PLAYER, AND I’M NERVOUS ABOUT PLAYING AGAINST PC PLAYERS WHO ARE HACKING THE GAME AND CHEATING. WILL THIS IMPACT ME?
We take cheating very seriously, and actively work to ban cheaters and eliminate their ability to ruin others games. Rogue Company PC features a built-in anticheat system, which we have recently updated to become more robust in the Rogues Rising update.
AS A CONSOLE PLAYER, SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT PLAYING AGAINST PC PLAYERS WHO CAN USE A MOUSE AND KEYBOARD TO AIM MORE PRECISELY THAN I CAN WITH MY CONTROLLER?
Don’t worry — many Rogue Company professional players choose to play on controller, and do well against professional keyboard and mouse players.
Each input method has its pros and cons. But our data suggests that your choice of controller or keyboard has little impact on your success in cross-play matches.
CAN I TURN OFF CROSSPLAY AND PLAY ONLY WITH MY PLATFORM?
Unfortunately, you cannot. Doing so would split the matchmaking pool and drastically increase your wait times, and reduce your matchmaking quality.