Rod Fergusson, the Executive Producer of Gears of War 2, has announced that Epic Games is looking to make a change in the game's ranking system after the community complained for the sometimes unfair outcome of the TrueSkill level after a match. The studio is proposing an experience-based system rather than the current TrueSkill ranking system.Source: http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/18816/Gears-of-War-2-Proposed-Ranking-System-Change
So we've been looking at all the feedback on our skill ranking system and we completely understand why simply making your TrueSkill level visible can be frustrating. The algorithm is complex, so it's not always clear how your rank will be affected by a particular match and your rank is based on the team's outcome and not necessarily your individual performance.
So we're looking to make a change.
What if, instead of skill rank, we instead showed your experience level. You would gain experience through your individual performance in Public multiplayer matches - the higher your score at the end, the more experience you acquire. Of course the experience gained across the different match types would be balanced so you couldn't just grind on the respawning game types to try and level faster. The experience requirements for each level would grow with each level gained (like a typical RPG) and we'd have 99 levels of experience for you to show off your leetness.
Generally speaking your level will always go up since you're always acquiring more score, hence experience, with each completed match. The only exception to that would be people quitting. Players that quit would gain an experience penalty that could cause them to be demoted. At the end of every match you will be able to see how much experience you've gained and how much further you have to go till the next level.
Since I know what one of the first questions is going to be, initially we wouldn't have achievements for gaining experience levels because of Xbox LIVE rules that require all post release achievements to be tied to new DLC content. But when new DLC is released, it's a whole new ball game then.
So, what do you think?
All I can say to this is: Yes, please! Not only would this probably make matchmaking easier, but being able to be score on an individual basis just makes more sense and seems a lot more fair. Also, I've been in quite a few matches where people on the team have left and it seems their rank wasn't affected at all. I think this new ranking system would be great.