Blackout match connections for me as a Singaporean are always a complete dice roll.
I either get connected to the Singapore server with 20-30ms ping or I get the 100ms ping Japan server, 150ms ping Korea server, 170ms ping Australian server or on very bad days, 200ms ping to Middle East servers or even 300ms ping to ones in the USA/South America. But more often than not, it’s always on the 100ms ping Japanese server.
Southeast Asia is a region where the latency difference between the closest server and the “second closest server” is stark, when compared to regions with high server density such as Europe where let’s say you’re from England and the England server is full, you’ll be connected to those in Germany or Poland which admittedly has higher ping, but it’s nothing when comparing the ping difference between the second best servers, which are connecting from England to Germany and that of when connecting to Japan from Singapore.
Blackout is still playable at 100ms Ping, but it’s the mark where lagging hitboxes and delayed bullet registration start to impede one’s gameplay experience, and the 160-200ms is the mark where I deem Blackout extremely hard to play because the issues from a 100ms ping connection are magnified to the point where gunfights are incredibly hard to win and I don’t even wish to play in the match at all.
I’m in no way saying I hate Blackout for this. I’m merely stating that the difference between the closest and second closest servers here in Southeast Asia is astronomical when compared to the closest and second closest servers from anywhere in the United States or Europe, where the difference is there, but negligible and the inconsistency of never knowing which server I’ll get thrown on is getting on my nerves, and a random dice will every time I hit the “Find Match” option.
Having to lobby shop for a Singapore server hosted lobby is absolutely time consuming and makes Blackout look bad when compared to Fortnite, a game I don’t play, but it that offers the option to play only on the Singapore based server, which negates all latency issues.
If a free to play game can provide such an amenity for a more consistent gameplay experience, albeit increased waiting times, I don’t see why a game I paid $68 for can’t, instead rolling a dice on which server in the world I’ll get connected to, and rushing me onto that server which might be ones not even in Asia itself!
I don’t at all mind having to wait 2 or 3 minutes for a lobby to fill up, provided it’s one on the Singapore server because I am never ever going to play on a server out of Southeast Asia after five gruelling years of minimum 100ms ping matches on past titles where the Singapore server wasn’t a thing. And with the extended TTK that BO4 has, an additional 100ms ping makes a big difference.
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