Is it me or would I really like to see a season mode campaign introduced into Wipeout where you are a pilot for hire in the FX350 (and possibly the AGRC), and you can get seats for different teams? You could then compete in a full season of the FX350 (or the AGRC) and attempt to become the season champion. Different teams look for different kinds of pilots, and each team has unique demands for you to fulfill if you want to keep your job at that team. You can also build relationships with different teams which will affect what teams you can fly for and the quality of craft you get.
The championship would work like a heat/final thing like in rallycross, so the 14 teams would race each other in heats of 7, and then there would be an A and B final to determine points (A final is worth more than B final, while the winner of the B final would start at the back of the A final grid).
Points would be (I think) like this:
A final 1st place: 50 pts
A final 2nd place: 45 pts
A final 3rd place: 42 pts
A final 4th place: 35 pts
A final 5th place: 30 pts
A final 6th place: 25 pts
A final 7th place: 20 pts
A final 8th place: 18 pts
B final 2nd place: 15 pts
B final 3rd place: 12 pts
B final 4th place: 8 pts
B final 5th place: 5 pts
B final 6th place: 3 pts
B final 7th place: 1 pt.
For example, Qirex (FX350) looks for aggressive pilots who rely on weapons to win races. Having a bad relationship with Auricom and Tigron would make you get a higher chance of joining their team. Their demands during the season could be:
- Eliminate at least one opponent each race
- Do not let Tigron place ahead of you in any race
- Eliminate at least 3 Auricom or Tigron ships throughout the season
- Finish in the top 4 in the team's championship
- Do not let Auricom or Tigron finish ahead of you in the team's championship
Completing these objectives throughout the season would allow you to improve your relationship with Qirex, get better craft from them, and allow you to possibly get team offers from other aggressive teams. However, building up this relationship with Qirex could negatively affect your relationships with Auricom and other similar teams that were part of the Belmondo Foundation. Also, using weapons could ruin your relationships with teams such as Van Uber and Goteki 45. However, winning the championship would give you a massive boost to all of your teams' relationships. Besides, every team wants a champion on their team...
This could also make the AI for each team different too. Teams that hate you might throw the race away just to destroy you and your craft, while teams that like you could help you win races or just simply ignore you. This could go with some of the team orders too, for example, if a team has a grudge with another team or pilot, then the team boss could order you to attempt to take out a rival for some sort of bonus (but of course seriously damaging your relationship with that rival team)... or punish you if you fail. Of course, this could last for multiple seasons, and if this somehow became a thing (I seriously doubt it will), then you could build up friendships and rivalries with each of the different teams and pilots.
Sorry for the wall of text, but it's just something I really would love to see...