GDC 2014: Only A Third Of Players Finish The Games They Start
We’ve known about this and heard it being said many times before, that many gamers don’t actually finish the titles they acquire. This has been reiterated by Riot Games’ Narrative Lead Tom Abernathy and Microsoft Game Studios’ Design Lead Richard Rouse III at the GDC 2014 conference.
It was said that around one in three gamers actually finish the games they start, even when said games are story-driven or the highest quality.
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They found that when examining the achievements of titles on Steam, the average completion rate for games often at at 50% or lower.
- The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 1 – 66%
- Mass Effect 2 – 56%
- BioShock Infinite – 53%
- Batman: Arkham City – 47%
- Portal – 47%
- Mass Effect 3 – 42%
- The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 5 – 39%
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 32%
- Borderlands 2 – 30%
It’s not very surprising that massive games like Borderlands 2 and Skyrim have low completion rates, but some of the other titles are surely eyebrow raising.
These stats are hardly definitive, but there is the fact that we’ve heard this being said in the past from many different sources, and it does pose the question of whether there will be a change in the way developers approach their games in future knowing that this happens.