Bungie To Implement "Mercy Rule" In Destiny's Crucible
When I was in Little League, I always liked the Mercy Rule. Whether we Mercied another team or we were the team that got Mercied, it meant I got to go home earlier. ...as you can see, I wasn't terribly competitive, even when I was batting clean-up.
But I bet you thought you'd never see a Mercy Rule for an online multiplayer shooter.
The Destiny 2.0 patch is coming out next week in preparation of the massive expansion, The Taken King. But it's also adding what developer Bungie calls a Mercy Rule for the multiplayer mode, Crucible. Senior designer Andrew Weldon explains the addition, basically saying that once a match reaches a point where it's no longer fun, it's over.
"When the Mercy Rule hits, Shaxx will call out the end of the match. We immediately disable join in progress to prevent any additional players from joining the game (if anyone has dropped already) and reset the game clock to :10 seconds. After those 10 seconds, the match will end normally. All players will receive their end of match rewards and return to matchmaking."
The Mercy Rule lands with the patch on September 8 and will be enabled for all team playlists except Elimination and Trials of Osiris. Weldon added that Bungie would continue to listen to player feedback and if the Mercy Rule needs to be altered in the future, they'd consider it:
"The 2.0 Mercy Rule check is a very simple query that is good at identifying games that get out of hand early, but not necessarily games that pull away late. You may in some cases still find yourself in games where you feel like it should have triggered. We will, as always, continue monitoring our UR data as well as player feedback to determine how we can continue to improve it and make it more accurate in the future."
This new rule is designed specifically to "improve the quality of life for players caught on the receiving end of a massive blowout," which is a nice thought. There's nothing more frustrating than feeling hopeless because your team is a waste of space and everything is going wrong. On the flip side, Bungie still wishes to reward those who did the Mercy-ing (after all, it means you performed better), so they get a "new gold tier medal called 'No Mercy.'"
See? Good news for all.
Related Game(s): Destiny
9/5/2015 11:04:07 AM Ben Dutka