I would like a single matchmaking cue and in the preferences you can tick or untick certain options like this:
I would like to play Hunt [x]
I would like you play Cataclysm & Overpowered [x]
I would like to play Arena [x]
I am willing to play Monster [x]
I am willing to play Hunter [x]
This will put everyone in one que improving wait times, caters to everyone’s wants and needs. Want to play an Arena game as a monster only tick I am willing to play Monster [x] I would like to play Arena [x] this will match you with any players that have arena and hunters ticked. Want to get into a game as fast as possible just leave everything ticked. So if you really want a certain game mode then you will wait a bit longer but you will get to play what you want. If you are like me most of the time willing to play anything then just leave everything ticked for fast games.
If enough players are available it should match people based on time played, I know it’s not perfect but generally time played is a good indicator of how well people play. At least better then whatever they currently use.
I also think that they should show the cues like so.
[CO-OP] (Hunt an AI monster with the help of four other players.) [VERSUS] (Play as the monster or the hunter against other players, recommended for experienced players.)
Setting it out like this will mean that new players are more likely to play against AI to at least get a hang of the game before playing against other players, which is better then clicking hunt beta waiting 15 minutes to actually find a game and getting stomped by a 1000 hour monster.
In theory this will do wonders for the enjoyment of the game, everyone on the same cue means shorter wait times and may allow the system to somewhat match players on experience not just availability. People not matched with modes they don’t want to play means no more dodging which further decreases down time between games. Implementing this will solve a lot of the issues that people with the current matchmaking and help keep players playing the game. I love this game but just knowing how hard it is to find a decent game is what sometimes makes me not want to play.
I don’t see a downside for doing this besides that it will require work to implement and it will scrap the much loved hunt beta mode.