Microsoft is working on a new Xbox 'Career' system with levels and Avatar loot crates

We've seen some features that Microsoft is currently testing that refer to a new "Career" system for Xbox Live, and while it seems to be in a very early phase, Microsoft is actively committing code and other systems to support its functionality.

The new Career system could be the extended Gamerscore system Ybarra teased to us in a previous interview, where he noted that Gamerscore doesn't fairly represent the accomplishments of esports players or other gamers who might spend the majority of their time in a single game. This new Xbox Career feature might alleviate that.

The Career system seems could provide additional cosmetic rewards for the new Avatars.

It appears that players using this new Career system will be able to obtain levels, and even prestige ranks, obtaining rewards such as loot crates which come with cosmetic items for the new Avatars system.

The Career system also comes with Quests to complete specific objectives, such as playing certain games, which will also come with crate and experience points as rewards. At this time, it doesn't look as though loot crates will be purchasable with real money, but it's probably too early to say whether that will be the case later on.

The documentation we received refers to a new subdomain on Xbox Live, "," which isn't yet available for public access. It also seems that these systems will incorporate achievements in some way, rewarding experience points that contribute toward levels in your overarching career. The systems track your progress and play time in your existing game library, and it looks as though it will all work alongside existing Gamerscore systems rather than replace them.

The new Avatars system is expected to drop sometime in early 2018.

While we continue to dig for information on whether this feature is in active development or simply a test run for something, take it with a pinch of salt. But it certainly looks as though this could be the accomplishment system Microsoft talked about previously.

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  • 😗Love it, want it, can't wait 😁
  • That's a Great idea, this is where loot crates should be utilized, even better if it's non purchase with real money.
  • I'm curious what the actual ETA is now. This was supposed to drop in October. Also hoping they implement the new avatars better than the non-existent current ones.
  • Ms needs to bring avatar system to mixed reality it would be a nice differentiator for Windows mixed reality and Xbox VR if Xbox VR ever happens that is.
  • I am lost after the comment of loot crates..... 
  • I think that as long as loot crates are only about cosmetics, skins.....etc. there's no problem with them
  • I sure hope so......  I'm still not sold on it all as I've been waiting for a couple games to come by and knock my socks off....     Microsoft speaks of single player games being hard to make successful, but I'm sorry to say that you could at least put some stuff out there to try...!     I'm playing through games on my Pro again just so that I may get everything and or beat the games on a harder difficulty.  You so good they make you want to accomplish everything it has to offer.... Like Horizon!I   I can honestly say that if MS pushes another console in the next two years it will be their demise.  I wouldn't put forth the effort in supporting something like that after the release of their "X...". They should have slapped in another CPU that was more powerful, but then it wouldn't have been the incremental upgrade that kept it on par with development of the original One.    Here's to hoping I didn't piss away $600+ dollars for nothing.
  • Yet you upgrade your phone every few years huh.
  • LOL Again the smart phone argument!!! In case you didn't notice phones and video game consoles are not the same thing.
  • I agree. It looks like Microsoft is trying to justify it's use of loot boxes as not having poke machine strategies so long as there is no cash exchange. Add the obvious ploy of "so long as only cosmetic it's ok" when everyone knows by now that even cosmetic only does effect things like game play as the developers extend grid (ie Destiny 2) Changing the meaning of the word "balance" from balanced game experience to balance between monetization frustration lost player retentuon risk. How about just tell us what the item reward is then let players decide if they want to invest the time based on how valuable they think the item is.
  • Will this be retroactive or does everyone start at zero?
  • No idea, it's very early days at this point
  • This is quite worrying. We know what MS thinks of GaaS. I think this is another strategy of MS to try to make more money.  When I saw the new avatar system, I thought gamers would be able to customize his avatar the way he wants it. But now it looks like there will be content blocked. And what is to stop them from selling items and other bs?