Thats right! In case you hadn’t heard already War Robots developer Pixonic recently announced that they will be adding the long requested custom matches to their hit mobile game. This is big news that follows on the heels of Pixonic’s experimental implementation of War Robots second game mode, Beacon Rush.
Beacon Rush has been so well received and had a significantly low enough impact on matchmaking for conventional matches, now called Domination, that Pixonic has openly considered leaving the new mode as a permanent feature, and canceling its planned removal as a temporary and experimental mode. Regardless of whether or not fans have to wait to see Beacon Rush permanently implemented as a game mode one thing is clear. Pixonic has made good on their first quarter promise to pursue a variety of match modes for players.
Chatting with War Robots players there is a lot of excitement about custom matches. Once implemented the community will doubtlessly find some creative and impressive ways to utilize this feature. One concern that came up in conversation in a few places was the potential for exploitation. As with any change to a games match making their is always the potential for less scrupulous players to find a loophole at the community’s expense. Considering this possibility I reached out to Pixonic’s community management team and was glad to hear the response that I received. Custom matches will be considered non-competetive and will not receive normal rewards or impact ranking. That’s good news for players who enjoy playing the game as designed and enjoy the challenge of growing a competitive hangar.
Its also good news for clans and new players. New players will have the means to create friendly matches to experiment within or to learn from veteran clan members in a controlled environment. As part of a large WR clan myself I can say that one of the challenges current matchmaking has created is that it is difficult to integrate new or lower levels pilots into the clan without potentially generating frustration for them as well as more veteran players who are unable to squad with them in a balanced match or neutral environment. Custom matches will allow specific players to be added to either a friendly or an opposing team and as well as select specific matches.
Of course this feature is not limited to benefiting new players or clans in their quest for training. The potential is huge for a variety of play experiences. Tournaments of every shape and size could spring up overnight. Are you a hardcore player? Then help your clan climb the brackets! Like to keep it casual, or even goofy? How about a level one only Destrier tournament! For those off you more somber players perhaps a level six silver item only tournament is in order. The list goes on indefinitely, Sniper Tournament, Brawler Tournament, and maybe even a Zenit only Tournament. Why not? I think you get the point. When I asked if Pixonic was planning any official tournaments that would utilize custom matches their response was that they are looking into it.
A further explanation of the intent behind custom matches was simply expressed as a means to add fun to the game for players. With the seriousness of leagues and the amount of effort it can take to earn the required Silver to max a hangar, it is a prudent business move, as well as good design choice for Pixonic to add a feature that for perhaps the first time, (knock on wood) no one can find something to complain about.
A last aspect of custom matches that I am personally looking forward to is once again, playing with my kids. Before leagues I used to trade out my high level ‘bots for equipment that was comparable to theirs. It was fun for them and a nice change of pace for me. Fun for the whole family, as the saying goes! Since leagues have been in place squadding with the kid hasn’t really been an option, outside of creating a second account. I did that, and am now happily passing it off to my four year old to play with dad and the big brothers when custom matches arrive. It’ll be just like wrestling on the living room floor… but with robots!