Last summer, Xbox Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra revealed that the company was looking into ways to change the Achievement system on Xbox Live. It appears now that a new Career system may be what he was referring to.
At the time, Ybarra said that the team was “working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody’s gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox.” This something would supposedly be a fundamental change to the concept of achievements.
He went on to say that Xbox could do more to reflect players’ accomplishments in a way that reflects who they are as a gamer. Some people may have 100,000G because they play a wide variety of games, but another person may only have 1000G in Halo 5, for example, because they play it professionally. You want to be able to celebrate both players.
This is where the Career system may come into play. According to Windows Central, Microsoft is currently testing a Career system for Xbox Live. The new system will apparently allow players to obtain levels, prestige ranks, and even obtain rewards such as loot crates containing cosmetics for your Avatar. Players will also be able to complete Quests within the system that reward them with crates and experience points.
In line with what Ybarra previously stated, the Career system doesn’t seem to be replacing Achievements, but is instead meant to complement them. Achievements look to be incorporated in some way, rewarding experience points that contribute toward levels in your Career.
The documentation that Windows Central received referred to a new subdomain on Xbox Live, “Career.XboxLive.com,” however it is unavailable for public access at this time.
There’s no information on whether this feature is in active development at Microsoft or if it was an initial test run of some kind.