Ranked Pro and Combat Zone Update
First off I'd like to say thank you all for being supporters of the dev team and NantG by playing our update! We are very happy to see so many posts all over different social media and streaming platforms of people enjoying the game again and the update. I'd like to chime in here on a couple of different topics and first up is Ranked Pro.
So we held off ranked pro at launch because obviously there would be 0 players at diamond 5 and nobody would even be able to play it. We thought that 48 hours would be a sufficient amount of time but after reviewing the leaderboards it looks like more time is needed for there to be a constant stream of 25-75 player matches during all hours. As of right now there are:
154 EU Diamond 5 or higher players
85 NA Diamond 5 or higher players
88 SA Diamond 5 or higher players
104 APAC Diamond 5 or higher players
151 AU Diamond 5 or higher players
In order for games to consistently go off at 75 players (which is ideal for the mode and to getting into master or royalty) we would need those numbers to get up to the high hundreds because remember not all players will be on at the same time or will be queuing at the same time. Looks like Ranked Pro will stay locked for a little while longer, possibly until Next Friday. So, competitive players who are diamond already, be nice to the noobs. Everyone else not diamond 5 yet I leave you with this
On to Combat Zone
After much deliberation, waving through a ton of feedback, and seeing the response of players playing the patch. We've decided to keep combat zone locked until further notice. Players are having fun right now with the patch and we don't want to unnecessarily get in the way of that. That being said there are a few things we'd like to do with Combat Zone.
Move it into queue lobbies for ranked pro
We feel that when players that are queued up for ranked pro are waiting for players to join they should go straight into a combat zone lobby until the game starts. This gives players something to do while waiting and keeps the hands warm and fresh.
Create a shooting gallery training area
This essentially is what will replace combat zone, a small shooting gallery where you shoot targets or bots that are either moving or standing still and can pick up any weapon.
We think overall this will create a much better experience for all players and will not detract from the core game of Battle Royale. Both of the above new features will take time to implement and will not be ready for the near future, possibly a Season 4 thing.
Thanks for reading and have fun playing Z1 Battle Royale!