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Rainbow Six Siege patch will improve matchmaking in Ranked

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For those coming fresh to Rainbow Six Siege, you'll probably be familiar with the tedium of being paired with an opposing team that is emphatically more experienced than your own. This can be fun, but given how much repeated play and map familiarity plays a part in Rainbow Six Siege, it's also exhausting. Good thing Ubisoft is releasing a patch to help teams in the Ranked playlist match up with teams of a (roughly) similar level.

The patch, which rolls out on Tuesday at 10:30AM EST /15:30 GMT (that's about 8:30 Wednesday morning on the east coast of Australia), changes the "relaxation parameters for Skill Rank". Previously there was no maximum rank differential between teams, but now there is one – though Ubisoft doesn't provide any numbers.

"Relaxation will occur quicker, but with smaller increments and with a maximum differential cap between teams. This means that you could see an increase in matchmaking queue times, but the match up will be better balanced and of better quality," the patch update reads.

The quick fix follows a patch last week which cleaned up a bunch of problems introduced with the recent Black Ice expansion. The next, yet-to-be-named expansion is expected to release in April.

Shaun Prescott
Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.