The hunt for achievements (and trophies) doesn’t seem to be quite as pronounced this generation. In the days of the Xbox 360, achievement hunting was a worthy sport, and the internet was littered with guides on getting the things in the ultimate pursuit of having a high Gamerscore. While it still happens, there’s far less of it about.
One of the reasons for that, I’d guess, is that people are playing fewer games for longer stretches. Thanks to the boom of games built around perpetual user engagement, people are spending more time playing the few games they buy instead of buying games all of the time. It means that the traditional achievement and trophy system has lost its lustre.
According to a report by Windows Central, Microsoft may be changing that. They say that Microsoft could be testing a new system that’ll complement the traditional achievement one, that’ll reward players like esports pros and those who play fewer games for longer.
The new “Careers” system could rewards players with levels, prestige ranks and loot boxes for the rejiggered Avatars that are coming to the Xbox One. It may, they say, even come with quests that’ll have players completing specific objectives. It all seems to be system wide rather than game specific. Right now, there’s no way to know if this is just a system that Xbox is testing, or if it’ll actually see public release, but it could very well be the expanded achievements system that Xbox platform chief Mike Ybarra teased last year.
“We 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.”
I don’t really care much for achievements or trophies, and I don’t really like the act of playing games being gamified further – but many people go in for this stuff, and that’s fine too.
Last Updated: January 10, 2018