Xbox One Exclusive Halo 5: Guardians Beta Ranking System Detailed: Do You Have What it Takes to Be “Pro?”

on November 12, 2014 3:04 PM

We learned yesterday that the Halo 5: Guardians‘ competitive ranking system will debut during the beta in December, and today Multiplayer Designer Josh Menke gave a lot of details about what we can expect.

Menke also gave further details in the replies to those tweets:

  • There will be 7 classes, 3 tiers in each of the lowest 5 classes. last two are Semi-Pro / Pro. Names will be similar to standard (Bronze, Silver Gold).
  • the 2100 mentioned above is the “rating.” The top 200 have ratings around the 2000 mark. Then you have, e.g, 20000 that are Semi-pro (1500+).
  • Semi-Pro / Pro get the rating number. The rest get class, tier, and tier position. E.g. (Silver, 1, 59%). At least, this is how the beta will work.
  • Only those at the top get that “Rating.” Below that you get a more visual treatment, but one that is still very transparent.
  • Menke has to wait for the final art to be sure, but he mentioned that “there’s a clear standard in the industry around Bronze, Silver, Gold, to avoid confusion.”
  • Those below 1500 skill rating still have the number, but there isn’t a huge point in displaying it. They can work it out if they want.
  • The ranking system differs from League of Legends mostly for the lack of a qualification series. There’s a bit more transparency.
  • The system aims to have roughly a 2% of semi-pro.
  • There will be no level cap at 50.
  • You can lose your rank and even Pro status because people pass you.
  • Leaderboards may not be baked for the beta. Hopefully will be for launch. At worst, they will be on Waypoint, but ranks will be visible in the lobby.
  • Skill system will usually move faster than the ranks to matchmake. You may be matching Gold while still in Silver.

The system definitely sounds very solid, and it’s not surprising considering that Menke is a veteran of this kind of development, having created the ranking systems for Black Ops II, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft and many other games before moving to 343 Industries last year.

Personally, I know the ultimate evidence of the solidity of the system will be my ranking displayed as “Value hidden due to humanitarian reasons.”

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.