Rumor: The Next Xbox Will Retool Achievements
When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, it came packing Achievements, an undeniably addicting meta-game tied into each and every title released on the console. Achievements became such a phenomenon that Sony jumped on the bandwagon with Trophies in 2008, a similar system that replaced Xbox’s “Gamerscore” with PlayStation’s “Trophy Level.”
Either way, eight years later, hunting for Achievements has never been more popular, and according to a report on Polygon, Microsoft intends on allowing developers to approach Achievements differently.
Polygon reports: “With the next Xbox, developers and publishers will be able to add more achievements to a game after launch, without the need to add DLC. This is designed specifically to allow developers to tweak player behavior, perhaps urging players to check out specific areas of a game or get past a difficult spot.”
Interestingly, Polygon further notes that Achievements can be added for “broader events,” like killing a specific amount of enemies in a given amount of time (such as over one particular weekend), and that the new, still-unannounced Xbox may even allow for “cross-platform” and “cross-title” achievements, the former already being done by Sony with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita (with Trophies), and the latter tethering certain accomplishments in different – but related – games.
Remember: the next Xbox will be announced on May 21st, and we’ll have everything you need to know about it right here on IGN.
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