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'Halo 4' Competitive Skill Rank broken down by 343 Industries, coming Monday

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Competitive Skill Rank (CSR) is coming to Halo 4 next week so 343 Industries dropped some knowledge Thursday on how the new matchmaking feature will work with the Xbox 360 shooter.

The Halo 4 CSR ranks players on a scale from 1 to 50 and is based on your performance in multiplayer matches as well as the rank of those you play with. Everyone will start out with a rank of zero and the CSR is based on each individual playlist. So, while you could be ranked 40 in Team Throwdown you may be only a rank 5 in Grifball because you haven't played as much.

Scoring for CSR will also be dependent on the playlist as some are based on individual performance against other players while the rest is based on team performance and your overall win/loss record.

The following playlists use individual scoring which is based on your performance against other players and your teammates plus your win/loss record.

  • Infinity Slayer
  • Big Team Infinity Slayer
  • Rumble Pit
  • Multi-Team
  • Team Action Sack
  • Flood
  • Team Snipers
  • Regicide
  • SWAT

And these playlists use team scoring based solely on wins and losses. 343 Industries went with the win/loss record for these playlists to promote team-based play for objective gametypes. Those that can significantly contribute and help carry their team to a win will be rewarded.

  • Castle Team DLC
  • Team Objective
  • Capture the Flag
  • Dominion
  • Team Throwdown
  • Team Doubles
  • Grifball

343 Industries constructed the CSR on the individual scoring matches to be as competitive as possible and to prevent players from being carried by high-ranking friends. In fact, if you are a low-ranking player who teams up with a high-ranking friend in a match, you are likely to lose a rank if you score at the bottom of the list in a match. And, even if a low-ranking player does perform decently enough while playing consistently with a group of high-ranking friends, they are likely to bring down the friend's ranks as the CSR system averages out the scores.

There are also some rules on what happens when a player leaves a CSR match early and when players can join matches in progress.

  • Players that quit a match are treated as if they had the lowest score which will drop their rank.
  • Players that join a match in progress are treated as if they were there for the entire match.
  • However, players will only be able to join a match in progress on a CSR in the first few moments after a match begins.
  • Friends cannot be invited to join a match in progress on a CSR playlist. Only random players may do so.

The Competitve Skill Rank update will go live the morning of Monday, April 8 around 5 a.m. EST. As a reminder, the CSR will only be viewable in Halo Waypoint on the web, on the Xbox 360 or on smartphones and tablets. It will not be available in-game.

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Via: Halo Waypoint

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