We just received a detailed report from our HQ filled with details about the upcoming X Rank feature! See below for the full details!
X Rank is an extremely challenging Ranked Battle experience targeting the best of the best players. Players who are S+10 and above in the current ranking system will be re-registered as X Rank. For reference, below is a breakdown of players across each rank (as of 2/20/2018):
※Calculated based on players that played Ranked Battle within the last week
※Because we rounded up from the hundredths decimal, the total may not be 100.0% exactly
Once Ver.3.0.0 is live, players who are already S+10 or higher will be displayed as X Rank. After Ver.3.0.0 goes live, players who rank up from S+9 will rank up to X Rank.
About X Power and Ranking
Players who have ranked up to X Rank will battle for X Power rather than the Rank Meter. Players with similar X Power levels will be matched together even within the same rank of X Rank. Once a month, for each of the 4 different Ranked Battle modes, 500 players with the highest X Power will be announced on SplatNet 2.
Also on SplatNet 2, for each weapon, we will announce one player that had the highest X Power compared to other users of that weapon. This way, players can see others that use the same weapons they do.
Along with the monthly ranking announcement, X Power will reset to “Calculating” status. During the time of the reset, players whose X Power ended up lower than a set threshold will rank down to S+9. However, if X Power drops far enough, players may rank down to S+9 on the spot rather than at the time of the reset.
Changes Related to X Power Reset
Along with the monthly X Power reset, we anticipate the following changes:
Change in Weapon and Stage Additions
Up until now, new weapons have been added approximately once a week, but moving forward, it is more likely that a batch of several weapons will be added once a month.
Furthermore, stage additions are more likely to debut once a month at the time of the monthly reset.
Ranked Battle Stage Limitation
Currently, over 20 stages are rotated across 4 different battle types in Ranked Battle mode. This allows players to enjoy playing a variety of stages, but it takes an extremely long time before a specific battle type and stage combination reoccurs. This may keep players from mastering their strategy and achieving even more high-level play.
After Ver.3.0.0, the Ranked Battle stage roster will be limited to 8 per battle type. Then, at the monthly X Power reset, the stage selection will refresh to a different set of 8.
Turf War and League Battle will retain all stages in rotation.
Timeline for Changes
These changes will come into effect via Ver.3.0.0 scheduled for late April, 2018.
The first X Power reset is scheduled for May 31st.
After that, Resets will regularly occur on the final day of every month.
We’ve revised the system in hopes of encouraging players of all ranks to enjoy improving their play, as opposed to simply focusing on ranking up.
This change will only affect Ranked Battle, but Splatoon 2 is comprised of several additional modes including Turf War, Splatfest, and Salmon Run. We will continue to update and improve Splatoon 2 and we appreciate your continued support.
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