A new meaning to “Achievement unlocked”.
A new system called ‘Career’ could be added to Xbox, adding leveling, quests and loot for avatars, sitting alongside existing Achievements and Gamerscore.
Windows Central reports that it has received documentation showing that Microsoft is currently testing Career, which seems to subsume the current Achievements system.
Completing achievements will contribute towards your Gamertag’s level, and leveling up rewards players with loot boxes containing cosmetic items for their Xbox Avatar. Players can apparently even prestige in this system.
Career will apparently also include Quests, which rewards players with more XP and loot boxes for doing specific things, such as playing a specified game. Going by the documentation, it appears loot boxes cannot be bought with real money.
This could well be what Xbox platform corporate vice president Mike Ybarra was talking about when he said that Microsoft was looking to “fundamentally change” how Achievements worked.
In that interview, he pointed out that the current system doesn’t necessarily reward players who dedicate themselves to a single game. Career appears to track game progress and overall play time – which could point to that problem being rectified.
Windows Central points out that all development on Career is extremely early, and that it may not even be in active development at this point.
Even if it is on the way, Career definitely won’t arrive until after the new Xbox Avatars are introduced – they were recently delayed to an unspecified date in early 2018.
All of these changes are very similar to what our own Unlocked podcast predicted back in August – are we console devs now?
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he wants to give his Avatar a big head on a stick for playing Mad Max. Follow him on Twitter.