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Some "Fundamental Changes" to Achievements Might be Coming

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It appears that Microsoft could be planning some "fundamental" changes to the way that achievements work on Xbox, according to Corporate VP of Xbox & Windows Platforms Mike Ybarra. Apparently the Xbox team is working on something that "fundamentally changes the concept" of Xbox achievements, the idea being that a gamer's history as well as their individual accomplishments will be reflected and celebrated.

These changes will reportedly complement the current Gamerscore system, with players reaping rewards for playing specific games or modes therein for a certain length of time, with Ybarra citing the example of a pro Halo 5 player who might have a relatively low Gamerscore, despite being one of the best around. That may also be all they play, and Ybarra and his team is looking at a way to recognise this kind of dedication to one or just a few games.

"Nothing that I can talk about now, but something that fundamentally changes the concept ... we are working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody's gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox," Ybarra told Windows Central. "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."

For now, the specifics on what the changes to Xbox achievements Microsoft has in the works are unknown, but feel free to speculate about what they could be in the comments below.


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US November 22, 2013
Europe November 22, 2013
Japan September 04, 2014

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