As we close the 13th Season and start the 14th Season of Solaris we have decided to remove the Season Ending Leaderboard Rewards.
- That means Season 14 will not have any end-of-season leaderboard rewards (MC, C-bill, and GXP) for playing Solaris Mode.
- Solaris mode will still allow you to get sponsors and earn Loot crates ETC.
- Solaris mode will still contribute to all Events. (Where the criteria are achievable in Solaris)
Why have we done this?
We have decided to remove the Solaris Season Leaderboard rewards due to a few reasons:
- Solaris Mode is the least played mode in MWO with each season having a declining amount of players.
- We do not believe adding more rewards is the way to attract players back to the mode.
- Some players either exploit to gain a leaderboard spot, or happen to play and win against the same people over and over again.
What are we doing to fix this?
- We don't have a solution in place yet, however we are still interested in finding a solution for Solaris mode.
- One possible solution has been the idea of an Event Queue with one Division at a time to reduce the # of the overall queues.
- Or it has been proposed to let players queue for any or all modes at once.
Any solution we pursue will be significant work and take place in the future.
I do want to take a minute to circle back on where we are and how we got here. When we started out this year we wrote out our Guiding Goals for MWO.
The objective of project reborn is to Improve MWO in these Key areas:
- Engage current Player Base
- Improve the New Player Experience
- Attract New Players / Re-engage players who left
- Add Localization and New Regions
- Improve existing content 'Mechs and Maps
- Improve Features and Gameplay
- Reconfigure the existing game modes to maximize value
- Add New High-Value Content
Everything we have done this year has been filtered through these goals and as you can see we still have a lot of work to do. Fixing Solaris fits into the goal of "Reconfigure the existing game modes to maximize value".
So with that said please feel free to give your feedback and ideas for Solaris Mode and for those of you who have left feedback about Solaris mode already, please know Daeron has compiled a large amount of it on our internal WIKI.
The MechWarrior Online Team