Microsoft claims they've "opened up the hood on Xbox LIVE and tinkered with how matchmaking works for Modern Warfare 2." The result should be improved matchmaking for gamers in isolated areas such as Australia.
Infinity Ward tweaked the game's matchmaking when they issued an update alongside the Stimulus Package DLC. Now Microsoft themselves have pitched in.
A post on the Xbox Live Operations Blog says their servers now make your country an even more important factor when it comes to searching for matches.
As a gamer, you want to play in a lag-free game. This means that you need to be playing with gamers who are “near you” on the Internet. This is why games like MW2 ping potential matches to determine how close they are and reject them if they’re too far away. If you live somewhere that’s geographically isolated – like Australia, for example – most of the world is not near you. The speed of light just isn’t fast enough (that’s not something I get to say every day).
On behalf of that Australian gamer we’re now trying harder than ever to find a session in their country for them to join. Of course, this requires there to be games hosted in Australia with open slots at the moment they’re looking – but we’ve maximized the odds of those gamers getting together.
So, I'd like to ask you, as that Australian gamer, havew you noticed any improvement when playing Modern Warfare 2 over Xbox Live?
Modern Warfare 2 Matchmaking Update - The Speed of Light Edition [Xbox Live Operations Blog]