Some video games are developed with the intent of being on-line multiplayer experiences from day one. Others reveal themselves as the proper candidates extra progressively. Once we started engaged on Treasure Stack (our first industrial launch) three+ years in the past, we supposed for it to be an area multiplayer expertise just like video games with quick, motion packed matches like Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Towerfall.
As soon as we realized Treasure Stack was well-suited for fast, extremely aggressive on-line matches, we wished to push the envelope a bit. That’s when the choice was made to implement cross-play, giving us a greater likelihood of cultivating a vibrant neighborhood of long-term gamers. On-line video games stay or die primarily based on the assist of their neighborhood, so we wished to verify the matchmaking course of was as accessible as potential, proper off the leap.
Our model of cross-play is aimed toward rising the dimensions of the general participant pool with a view to supply truthful match-ups to a wider vary of gamers at various talent ranges. With its excessive talent ceiling, we would like aggressive gamers to really feel they’re being challenged, however by no means on the expense of fostering curiosity and development from anybody dipping their toes into the style for the primary time. One other pleased coincidence of getting a extra inclusive matchmaking state of affairs is that gamers will spend much less time ready and extra time stacking!
So how does all of it work? Personal matches permit gamers to problem pals on the identical platform as they compete head-to-head, whereas informal matches add gamers from all platforms into the identical pool and randomly choose the opponents they play in opposition to. Ranked matches additionally implement cross-play, however the matchmaking course of is streamlined to search out gamers who’re of the same talent stage with a view to make issues as aggressive as potential! Did we point out Treasure Stack options rotating, 30-day ranked seasons that give everybody an opportunity to earn free unique character skins simply by enjoying?
Right here’s the underside line; we imagine including cross-play allows a way more numerous participant base to simply leap into and luxuriate in Treasure Stack, no matter talent stage. Social gathering video games don’t simply must cater to the hardcore or informal, and we’re excited to open the stacking floodgates to all when Treasure Stack launches on March 1 for Xbox One.
Treasure Stack is on the market for pre-order right this moment on the Microsoft Retailer for Xbox One. Click on right here for pre-order and buy particulars.