According to documents obtained by Windows Central, Microsoft’s plan to extend Xbox achievements beyond Gamerscores is being referred to as a “Career” system. In essence, achievements are a way for Xbox gamers to tout their progression and, for the most part, game time on Xbox Live. Unfortunately, each game has its own set of achievements and they’re not always truly indicative of game activity or completion.
For instance, there are games in which you can achieve the maximum 1,000 Gamerscore (for the base game before DLC) in a few minutes. Then there are games that offer single and multiplayer components. If you only play online, you’ll be missing a bunch of single player achievements and vice versa. While some gamers love to play many different games, there are many others who stick to one or two games, primarily for the online multiplayer. For those players, their Gamerscore is likely to be much lower than someone who plays many games and completes the single player storylines and whatnot.
Back in an August interview, Mike Ybarra, Corporate VP of Gaming at Microsoft, teased changes coming down the pipe for the way gaming accomplishments are handled and displayed.
[W]e can do a lot more to reflect and let people show their gaming history and their status. Whether it’s somebody who only plays multiplayer in Halo 5 at a professional level, maybe they only have 2,000 Gamerscore, you want to be able to celebrate that person. You want people to be in the know. This person doesn’t play a lot of games, but they’re world top ten at Halo 5. All the way to people [with over a million gamerscore]. It’s that range that we really need to look at and celebrate … we’re going to go big in the area of letting people show off and represent their gaming history and the type of gamer that they are, far more than we do with Gamerscore.
According to Windows Central, the new Career system could well be the solution that Ybarra previously hinted at.
It appears that players using this new Career system will be able to obtain levels, and even prestige ranks, obtaining rewards such as loot crates which come with cosmetic items for the new Avatars system.
They also uncovered a new domain, Career.XboxLive.com, mentioned as well, although there is nothing there at this time. For the record, XboxLive.com redirects to Microsofts Xbox.com website. It doesn’t look like Gamerscore will be going away, so there are no worries for those who have amassed fairly impressive ones over the year. Rather, it looks like Careers will employ a method that rewards experience based on achievements and time spent playing a particular game to build your Career level.
What do you think about the rumoured Career system uncovered by Windows Central? Are Achievements and Gamerscore something you care about while gaming on your Xbox consoles? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Windows Central
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