Xbox One Policies! Don’t Worry, It’s For Post-Release Achievements…
Don’t you just love the reaction you get when you say “Xbox”, “One” and “Policies” in the same sentence?
Xbox LIVE principal program manager Chad Gibson has attempted to allay fears regarding the ability for Achievements to be added post-launch — referring to a more organic system of achievements that don’t require DLC or game updates but might derive from other games — stating that this process will be controlled by policies designed to protect gamers and not frustrate GamerScore completionists.
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Achievement whores, such as myself.
“[We’re] super-sensitive to people who are worried about wanting to get all of the Gamerscore,” he said. “We still have policies for developers to make sure that things don’t get out of control. Like, we do not want a game offering 10,000 Gamerscore every day. We still have policies, so that user experiences are rational – users have an opportunity to complete everything without feeling constantly overwhelmed.”
As far as Gibson is concerned, the regular addition of new achievements would be a boon for consumers.
“With a lot of games today, three updates later it’s a nice evolution of that game – it’s a different game that’s been modified and adjusted, based on what people are enjoying and having fun with,” he explained. “Especially if a game’s been on the market for a while, and they have the opportunity to add all these new Achievements – if you start playing a game a year after it ships, there’s probably 2000 Gamerscore to get for that game or more. And so, for the completionists, they’re going to have more work to do.”
If anything, it’s definitely going to keep games in disc trays for just a bit longer, which is every developer’s dream. Plus, for people such as myself who tend to leave games for a little later, we definitely will see some reward for holding off. For one it won’t be such a bad thing to be delayed.
What do you think about the ability to add achievements to a game, post-release? Is it a cool feature, or something that is going to be abused?