Online Play has seen some of the most confusing changes anywhere in the game. On Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it uses Background Matchmaking to find opponents for Ranked and Casual matches, with players setting their Matchmaking preferences such Match Types, Superstars and Arenas beforehand and then search for an opponent.
WWE games of late have come with their share of online problems, but matchmaking menus were really the villain most people were focused on. Thus, 2K15's switch to a "background matchmaking" system, which has players essentially opt-in for challenges from online competitors while sitting in non-online game menus, is an odd choice. Private matches still use the same basic matchmaking screen you're likely accustomed to, but ranked matches can only be played using this system.
On its own, that change is merely confusing, but the fact that ranked matches require you to set long-term match type and favorite wrestler preferences, rather than just letting you choose those options on the fly in each match, is a little bit insane.
Meanwhile, online performance is still fairly suspect, with several instances of connection dropped or failed, and lag being a prevalent issue through most of the matches. Not the kind of lag that dragged the whole match down, but the kind that made reversals and pin kickouts considerably more difficult than in the offline game.
WWE 2K15 ONLINE PLAY TYPES:
On Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players can use Background Matchmaking to find opponents for Ranked and Casual matches in a variety of match types. Players can set their Matchmaking preferences such Match Types, Superstars, Divas and Arenas and then search for an opponent – even while playing an Exhibition match. For Ranked Matches, players will earn ranking points which help to increase their rank level and leaderboard positions.
In Private Matches, players have the ability to invite friends to join their session. Private Sessions also provide players with the option of including AI opponents in their matches though at least 2 of the participants must be human controlled.
NOTE: Both these modes support all match types in the game except the Royal Rumble.