Sub-Region Matchmaking has been a large topic of debate within the Fortnite community.
Back in August, Epic Games revealed that they would be attempting to bring the feature to Fortnite in the future in order to further develop matchmaking connections.
On October 4, Epic Games took to Reddit to discuss plans going forward regarding Sub-Region Matchmaking, including providing ‘significantly better service’ to underserved areas.
The full statement can be viewed below.
We mentioned in the August State of Development blog that we’ve been working towards adding sub-region matchmaking. We enabled this feature for the Asian region in September and have just recently also added it to both Europe and NA-East. Follow the link above for all the technical details and read more below for additional information.
What’s sub-region matchmaking?
This is a new feature we’ve implemented that will find the data-centers that are available in your region, determine which one provides you the healthiest connection, then place you in a queue that is pinged to that location to give you the best available connection. Depending on your location, players will experience varying improvements to their ping and other network related performance.
When will this feature be implemented?
As of September 10, we launched the Singapore data-center and implemented the logic that allows for sub-region matchmaking. More recently we also added both Europe and NA-East to regions that use this functionality.
Will I always connect to the closest sub-region?
No. Not in cases where the player population for any given platform/playlist combination is not sufficient to guarantee a reasonable matchmaking queue time. In cases like this players will be defaulted back to the “primary” data-center for the region for that match. So you may notice a difference in your in-match network conditions if you ping better to “Location A” than “Location B” depending on the time of day you’re playing, the platform you play on, and the playlist you select. We will be monitoring this feature closely and make adjustments as we find the right balance between network performance and match wait times.
What if I’m in a party?
When in a party, if you are in a region where sub-region matchmaking is supported, it will prioritize the location of whoever the party leader is.
What are our goals?
Our final vision and goal for sub-region matchmaking is to allow players for each region to automatically connect to the data-center which offer them the best possible network experience.
As we expand this functionality to other regions, we will be able to both provide significantly better service to underserved areas as well as optimize the experience for players in regions which already operate out of multiple geographically distributed data-centers. We’ll continue to determine which regions would best benefit from additional data-centers and keep you updated on these new locations as we add them.
Please continue giving us your feedback on this feature and let us know what you think!