Devs, You Hit The Mark With This... Almost...
- "Third, the Abandon Outpost feature. If you start an Outpost that you don’t like the look of – you have the option to leave it. We've heard the feedback that this is detrimental to your Ranking, and we will be changing this to no longer subtract Ranking points for abandoning an Outpost – this change is planned within the next couple weeks." ~ Developer Post (STEAM)
I do think the ability to leave an outpost is a good idea, however with the way the ranking system is, this is horrible. Allow me to elaborate.
Leaving an outpost use to punish people by taking away a lot of rank, so you cant just die a bunch of times and leave without consequences. However it was a risk/reward type of system since you could lose less rank through leaving than completing if the base was really hard.
But with the way the ranking system is, you get punished heavily for trying to learn a base and beat it, and Brutal Bases, which have a higher DPR (death per raid) ratio on average are going to statistically be ran less since people do not want to be punished by the ranking system. Brutal Bases statistically get raided less because of this.
Now this change specifically is going to cause Brutal Bases to be raided more but people are simply just going to leave the outpost after dying a few times since there are no consequences for it. Furthermore, it's important to note that this does impact the matchmaking for the bases as well, and can lead to difficult bases (yet again) not being pushed out to players.
I think the only way the fix the ranking system is just to remove the ability to derank but have the process of gaining rank be much slower to compensate. It will provide more incentive to play more difficult maps and encourage basemaking at high ranks (which people often avoid since you derank often with it).
I think the end result of my suggestion will bring a lot more freedom to the players, since people wont feel punished for playing a certain way or trying to build a certain way, it creates an environment where all, or most, restrictions are off.