All right, even though there's a lot we won't know or be able to do until the game is out, there's no reason we can't start with some preliminary things to start getting ready. So, here we go.
I have a general idea of how I want to do things, but I want to get everybody's opinions. Last year, we started out with a tournament in each weight class to determine the initial champion and rankings. Do we want to do that again this year, or start based on how last year finished? (ie. who held the belts, rankings, etc) There's a few problems I see with the latter method. 1. Probably not everybody who had the game last year will be getting it again this year. 2. Some of the people who did have the game last year might want to create different fighters this year and/or start off in a different weight class. 3. A couple of the belts finished up being vacant anyway. Taking all of this into consideration, I would think starting fresh with a tournament would be the best option. What do you guys think?
The only other thing I'll tell people is until we get a good grasp on what the ratings limits will be, try not to go too far into your career for the first week (or at least until we have enough info to set up any rules or caps that may need to be made). It might sound crazy asking people to not beat the game in a week, but I'm not sure how much deeper this year's career mode is than last years (30-35 fights). And people flew through that pretty quickly.
Actually, if you do have a lot of time, and want to burn through a quick career (with the potential of possibly not being able to use that fighter...depending on how crazy his stats get), I could use your help. Anybody who wants to help me with testing and researching to see if any blatant exploits pop up, you're more than welcome. My goal this year is to keep this thing as fair and competitive as possible, without having any ridiculous super CAFs. It would be great if the game kept that in check automatically, but I've learned to never underestimate people's ability to cheat.
So, with that, if people would like to begin signing up, we can start getting an idea of how our weight classes might look. That's basically all the information I need right now. Just if you're interested in participating and what weight class your fighter is going to be in (remember, you can only start out with one fighter). You don't have to know his name now, or how tall he is, or where he's from, or anything. Just give me your XBL gamertag and what weight class you're starting in. We'll fill in the details once the rules get solidified. Let's get it on, guys!