I know Ubi has already been working on AC III for a while, but maybe this would be a good idea and (if possible) could be implemented in ACR.
The ACR lock system allows easier locking than ACB, however, once locked it's not an actual "lock" as interaction with other personae is still possible. In ACB, the lock was hard to get on, but once locked, there was no interaction possible anymore with anything but the lock. In team games, the locks of teammates have priority over your lock (in both ACB and ACR). This could be very annoying as you don't always want to interact with whatever your teammate's locked onto.This got me thinking of a solution so everyone can have the priority they want.
I was thinking of something under options where you can make your own "lock priority", both custom and some presets. You can create some kind of "order of situations". The different situations are:
Highlight - The Persona highlighted by rotating the camera / Precision lock when holding down the lock ****on
Personal Lock - The lock you placed
Team Lock - The lock of a teammate
These situations can be changed in order for example, a preset could be "Team Player", with following settings:
Team Lock > Personal lock > Highlight
Another one could be "Tracker":
Highlight > Personal Lock > Team lock
This gives freedom for everyone to make a number of their own personal locksystems as well. For example, I don't really use my teammates' locks for anything other than keeping track of my target, so for me, a customized system would look like:
Personal Lock > Highlight > Team lock
Along with this an additional, separate option for lock prompts should be included. One can switch the option for prompts between "Tap" and "Aim". The first option is obviously the curent one, the second allows people to lock the prompted person only when looking at the person with the reticule over him/her.
Last but not least, not every game mode is the same. Assassinate for example, relies heavily on locking. Because of this every lock priority and lock prompt setting can be linked to any game mode. Whatever game mode you pick, the lock system you linked to it will be used so you don't have to change it all the time when switching game modes.
There! Tell me what you think or if there are any flaws in the system. I believe a good game is made by granting freedom to everyone to adjust the mechanics to their unique playstyle, rather than focing one onto them that's the same for everyone.
Thanks for reading!