Hot off the press from NowGamer’s one-on-one interview with Treyarch community manager Josh Olin at this year’s gamescom in Cologne, comes the world-shattering revelation that for the first time in the series, multiplayer matchmaking “will enable matchmaking with people in the local area.”

Those particularly attuned to Modern Warfare news may remember that Robert Bowling, creative strategist at Infinity Ward disappointed a lot of people when he tweeted back in September of last year that “There isn’t an option to search specific regions/ countries when matchmaking, but there is improved matchmaking to auto-assist.”

Will this see an end to transatlantic sponginess? We can only hope. We love our American friends dearly, but playing against them with transatlantic lag can be a real trial and vice-versa. This could see an end to it. To be fair the Modern Warfare franchise is perhaps the only game big enough to make sufficiently populated local communities a real possibility.

Hats off to Treyarch!
Like the article says; hats off to Treyarch.