I think that Level 50 should be the hard cap, as it’s not an easy benchmark to get to if you’re talking about content collection and overall game completion. Well, maybe one or two characters, but the whole roster?
Personally, I think that after level 50, we should be talking about prestige items. Certain things that would show you have a lot of experience with a specific character as a sort of measurement, but without being measured in unlockable content that goes beyond prestige.
I could see the profile card helping in this regard. Maybe after level 50, you start getting ranking names based on how many matches you’ve played beyond your final level with a given character. Things like 10th Kyu down to 1st Kyu, then 1st Dan up to 10th Dan, then have a wide variety of ranking names after that. Twenty, thirty, fifty etc all all the way up to Grand Master or something like that. Yes, this is basically Virtua Fighter 4’s kumite system, so it’d need some KI adaptation.
But maybe people collect stars that show up under the profile icon when you use a specific character and every ten stars you get with that character, you receive a new ranking name and unlock a new belt icon that you can use on your profile when you pick that character, which denotes your new ranking name.
You could have fifty, eighty, a hundred or whatever color combinations for the belts to go with all of these titles, and maybe there could be a cool animation for every time you gain a new name and belt. Maybe each character has their own specific belt for when you reach the highest rank, like TJ could have a world heavyweight championship and Sadira’s could look like an amalgamation of metal spiders or something.
So for example, you could be a Shogun rank with a black and yellow belt with Sabrewulf, and you gain stars through match count and victories in online and offline modes to advance him to the next ranking and belt. But then if you pick Kan Ra, your Shogun rank and black and yellow belt are replaced on your profile with a Master rank and a belt made out of gemstones and bandages with a turquoise colored KI logo on it because that’s what your rank and belt obtained with Kan Ra are. But then you switch to Cinder, who you’ve just started advancing beyond level 50 recently and he has a green belt and the designation of 5th Kyu.
So you can choose the belt you want to use for each character you unlock belts with, and it shows your star count and rank automatically. The belt, the stars and the rank name would be your prestige rewards for taking that character beyond level 50.
Again, just to drive this home, I think that anything after level 50 should be prestige unlocks for you and your character of choice. That way, collection / completionists wouldn’t have to feel compelled to get every character up to a higher level beyond 50.
@developers Would something like this be possible? I know it’d be a rather sizeable undertaking, but I think it could be really cool for people that like to specialize with one character or simply people that like playing and already have most or all of their characters up to level 50.