XBLA Gamerscore Cap to Increase [UPDATE]

By Michelle Balsan, 4 years ago
Update: Major Nelson has confirmed that this policy will be instated. Bring on more gamerscore, right folks?

Original Story
Remember way back in the day? Like, way, way back in the day? Back in simpler times where retail games capped at 1000G and Xbox LIVE Arcade games capped at 200?

Microsoft apparently caught wind of the fact that people kind of like gamerscore, or at least the pursuit thereof, and since then DLC with added achievements has vastly changed the gamerscore caps for Xbox 360 titles. We all know that many retail titles go to 1750G and, later this month, http://www.trueachievements.com/game.aspx?gameid=3998, will top out at 2000 points.

While all of that has been going on for retail titles, Arcade games have also seen an increase, with games eligible to receive up to an additional five achievements worth 50 gamerscore for a maximum of three quarters. This means that some XBLA titles, such as http://www.trueachievements.com/game.aspx?gameid=2006, top out at 350G.

According to an unnamed source cited by x360a, the cap on Xbox LIVE Arcade games is set to rise in the near future. For starters, instead of games having a max of 20 achievements worth a total of 200G, games will now start out with 400G spread out across a maximum of 30 achievements. DLC will now bring up to an additional 32 achievements (up to 8 new achievements per quarter for up to four quarters) and 400G (up to 100G per quarter for up to four quarters) for a possible grand total of 62 achievements worth 800G.

Games released between April 1st and May 31st may choose to be on either the old system or the new one. If the rumor proves true, all games will have to switch to the new system by June 1st.

So how do you all feel about this rumored change to the XBLA gamerscore landscape? Will this make you more inclined to purchase these games as more achievements are involved or less likely as they'll have a bigger impact on your completion percentage? Or, does this not bother you at all? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks to all the community members who suggested this story.
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.