Since the ‘TU is not Reach’ thread has dissolved into a -Yoink!- contest over whether or not Reach can be considered a ‘real Halo game’ or not, I thought I’d make a thread to purely discuss the new January playlist update, and divine a possibly better way of going about things.
What this thread will not be, is an argument over what is or isn’t ‘better’, TU or Vanilla. It will also not be a place for you to compare Xbox Live usage charts to compare Reach to any other game to argue your point of view. Finally, it will most definitely not be a place for you to call Reach a non-Halo game. All of these posts will be reported to the moderators, whom I hope will appreciate the spirit of this thread.
This thread will be a place to discuss how best to please both sides of the TU/Vanilla argument so we can all get what we want concerning matchmaking. Though I am of preference to Vanilla Reach myself, I will attempt to remain as neutral as possible during the discussion.
THE PROBLEMS WITH THE JANUARY PLAYLIST UPDATE:
“please keep in mind these options—which are still being fine-tuned, altered, and generally played around with—will live in their own special area. You’ll be able to go into a specific hopper, check out the adjustments, and provide feedback on your experiences. And it is with that feedback that we’ll be able to provide the best possible experience over time. So repeat after me: conventional Reach gameplay will continue to exist alongside this new stuff.”
When the TU was announced by 343, this was the first thing they said about it. This put at ease the players of Reach who enjoyed the game as it already was, because they would not be forced to adopt an update they may not have enjoyed, while the option would always be there to play with the updated game types if they wished.
For a while after the title update, the playlist situation allowed for players to try out the TU settings, and opt for what they liked best. If you liked the TU settings, you could play games with them. If you preferred the vanilla Reach experience, you could revert to that as well.
This all changed in January, when a playlist update injected TU game types into vanilla playlists. Now, as far as I know (and feel free to correct me on this, I haven’t checked all the hoppers just yet) this leaves only custom games as the option for vanilla players.
The problem here is now obvious: Despite stating to the contrary that this would never happen, 343 has altered matchmaking to only allow post-TU game types and are neglecting the demographic of players that prefer a vanilla Reach experience.
This section will be edited to allow people in this thread to have their thoughts on the matter over time. It will field given solutions and criticism from both sides of the TU/Vanilla playlist, as long as they are coherent and consist of valid points.
First though, I’ll place my take on how to do it better than the course that has been taken:
Dauss: If the problem is that Reach matchmaking is entirely catering to one group of given players at a time, and that vanilla Reach players are being neglected for sake of a larger TU friendly audience, the solution should be pretty simple:
Allow a small category of hoppers, perhaps 2 or 3, to be purely vanilla based game types, while the main area of hoppers can be made completely post-TU game types.
These pre-TU hoppers, in their own category, could consist of Pre-TU Slayer, Pre-TU Objective, and possibly Pre-TU BTB, or something of the sort. A pre-TU sniper game type is probably not required, as the changes to a sniper game in the TU are probably negligible.
This solution allows vanilla players, of whom there are admittedly not many left, to play Reach as they’ve always enjoyed it, while allowing the larger TU positive community to play the game as they enjoy it in the Post-TU hoppers. Fragmentation of player population should be minimal, everyone gets what they want, and as far as I can see, there’s no reason for complaints anymore.
I turn it over to you now, forum goer. How would you tackle the problem of keeping the entire player base appeased in these turbulent times?