If you’re a fan of the new Forza Motorsport 7, then you might be happy to know that the game will be getting a new feature: Leagues. This feature has been available in past Forza Motorsport titles but is now finally making its way to the newest entry in the series.
Brian Ekberg, a Community manager over at Forza’s Turn10 Studios recently released a blog post on the official Forza Motorsport website. There, details were provided explaining how Leagues works.
“…we’ll be introducing Leagues in the game with our inaugural series we’re calling ‘Intro to Leagues.’ If you’ve never played them in Forza Motorsport before, Leagues are scheduled competitive online multiplayer events in the game. Leagues are updated on a regular basis and, at their core, they are a chance for players to compete with players of similar skill levels and earn rewards along the way. In Forza Motorsport 6, players earned only credits. With Forza Motorsport 7, we’re shaking everything up, from how you progress to what you can earn as rewards and more. It all starts on Tuesday with our “Intro to Leagues” series, which will serve both as an introduction for new players to the Leagues feature, and as a chance for us to test the systems while our community acclimates to the new feature.”
Some more details were given, but it’s rather long, so here’s a more condensed explanation.
The organization of Leagues is based on scheduled timelines called Seasons. As a result, each ‘League Season’ runs up to about four weeks long (a month), and each Season is made of four week-long Series. Each Series consists of Events, which are traditional multiplayer race lobbies. They each have a specific set of rules and consist of a variety of vehicles; one event might only include specific make and model races, while others would be based on car division or class.
Players participating in Leagues will be categorized under five skill levels called Bands. The bottom tier are the ‘Grassroots’ and the elite class are called the ‘Pinnacle’. (Talk about hefty labels). On top of these different Band tiers, each Band consists of five sub-tiers called Ranks, ranging from ‘Rank 5’ being the lowest, to ‘Rank 1’ being the highest. (So, not only are you competing to become a ‘Pinnacle’, you even have to compete to be a Rank 1 Pinnacle!) Progression through the Band and Rank systems is dependent on your accumulation (or decumulation) of League Points that are earned in races. The scoring system is calculated across three different factors: your Starting and Finishing Positions, as well as the Opponent Skill. Matchmaking between players will be balanced out by players of similar Band and Rank being matched together for races.
Not only does ranking up in Leagues give you some bragging rights, but you will also earn rewards. Credit rewards will be given to you everytime you log into Leagues and complete an Event. This results in a daily credit gift. This can be multiplied by a credit bonus for your podium finish of the day. Progressing to another Rank results in another credit bonus, and if you increase to a higher Band after an event, you get yet another credit bonus (wow, make it rain!). Players can also share gifts with each other like badgers, driver gear, and exclusive cars.
So, does the new Leagues mode in Forza Motorsport 7 sound fun to you? Sound off below!