The login screen greets Ac1d with a message about an update. Another update. As he waits for it to install he heads over to the LBR forums. There’re dozens of new posts, typical with a new patch. There’s post complaining about the drop rate of Resonance. How’re we supposed to unlock Lancer again? This is going to take another three months at this rate. And if we ever manage to do it, how long until he’s taken out again? Players are starting to get annoyed with all the maps. It’s obvious each map—each planet—is controlled by one of the main factions in the war, but what are we, the players, doing in that war? What is the war even about?
Ac1d scrolls, skims a half dozen posts, closes the tab, and checks the update’s progress. 66% complete. Not a big one then. He scans his friend list. Gold: idle, Panda: offline, Cri: offline. Eh, fine, I’ll solo-queue if no one else gets on before the update finishes. No one else that he wants to play with that is. There are a half dozen names in green, but they’re either not very good at the game or not people he knows very well. The update finishes and no one he feels like playing with has logged on.
It’s been at least a month, maybe longer, since he went into a game alone. The moment he loads in he can tell this isn’t going to be the same sort of game he’s gotten used to in squads.
“Solo hero. Welcome. Prove yourself on the field of ideas, stand above the rest, become chosen.”
The hell? What’s that about? But before he has time to think about it players have begun to jump. He notices the map isn’t one he’s seen before. Another new map? Good grief. Or, huh, maybe this is only for solo-queue? Interesting.