Today was going to be maybe my 5th ICO match. I logged in and was waiting ready to go, then something struck me as odd, all the teams quickly switched to team 10 and there was me and some other (I assume new player but idk) stuck on team 2 and team 5. I asked "what are we all going team 10?" only to be painted with a blue brush and that was the reason they were going to go that way. That COMPLETELY killed my interest to play sins today. I do alot of online gaming and have never been treated that way anywhere else. Arbitrarily painted with the smurf brush without even leaving the lobby, unacceptable.
Agreed. Many players on ICO are unreasonably distrustful and are unwilling to give those with few games the benefit of the doubt... and more importantly, the community doesn't seem to realize that this sort of thing drives player counts down even further. Smurfing sucks, but having a nearly dead online player base is even worse.
I ask the devs to look hard for a solution that will help new adopters have a less distasteful introduction to Rebellion. It deserves better than that.
There has been a solution, of a sort, which will allow players to much more readily identify newbies and smurfs: all player names will apparently be tied to a permanent ID of some sort, that other players will be able to view, so that even if someone creates a new handle to play online with, their record (or name) will still be visible to all who look at their ID page.
Or something like that. The bottom line is that smurfing in an attempt to confuse identities will probably become a thing of the past once Rebellion comes out.
The thing with team 10: you were most likely in the lobby of a 5v5 match. Online etiquette is that everyone goes to team 10 until team captains are decided, and then the team captains go to some other team (like team 1 and team 9), pick players, and then the other players switch from their team 10 to the team of the captain which picks them.