I have seen some games on Modd that are interesting but don’t play well with fewer than 3 or 4 players. What can a game developer do to encourage players to stay to allow other players to join? I have thought about adding sandbox mode for players to mess around or add bots that eventually get replaced by real players. Any other ideas?
I think the most impactful thing that a developer can do to improve retention is to work on game design so it satisfies the below:
- game must be fun with 1 player or with 50 players
- player must be able to understand how to play the game within 5 seconds
- initially, player must be rewarded at 10 second interval at longest (earn points, get new items). Gradually, this interval can increase over time.
- if player has to restart (gets killed, round reset, etc), the player must feel that he/she can do better the next round (I realize that I could’ve done X, so I’m going to try again)