The gaming world is a monster all its own. Not only are developers challenged to create captivating games, but also ones that provide shared experiences for users worldwide. Moving into virtual reality multiplayer modes is a task that is rarely accomplished effectively. With that being said, what separates a good multiplayer VR experience from a great one? The experts here at Blacksmith Studios provide five key points that other creators can take note of:
- Unity is the key
Fabricating a game where players can keep their distance, but remain close enough to interact, is vital for helping players connect in-game. This might be best exemplified in sports simulations, such as tennis or any other net-based sport. Visualizing the other player on the opposite side of the net and having animated avatars makes players feel like they are actually in the game. The more convincing a game is at making players feel like they are in the game first-hand, the more frequently it will be played.
- Keep player counts low
When choosing the correct amount of players for gameplay, a happy medium exists somewhere. On one hand, having as many players as possible sounds intriguing, but is actually detrimental to the game’s experience as a whole. Less gameplay per person results in a not-so-enjoyable experience for all. An alternative strategy is making games that require a fair spread of activity across the board. While there is no golden number for players in a multiplayer game, it is safe to say this: the fewer players required to make multiplayer game work, the less players have to wait.
- Understand the importance of downtime
While the best VR games are complete sensory experiences, the greatest challenge developers face is where to draw the line on activity. While intensity is necessary and enjoyable, having too much activity can cause players to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Having short rounds or creating breaks between players is a strategy well-utilized.
- Use the right tools to encourage good sportsmanship
Keeping very much in line with the first point of unity, taking necessary steps to eliminate bad behaviour and toxic players from games is worth considering for longevity. While the VR experience has multiple benefits, it unfortunately creates the potential for toxic players to ruin the experience for everyone else. Creating an environment where players are entitled to their own personal space while still being able to interact with other avatars increases in-game presence and activity. Other means like muting voice chat and banning players from matches can greatly the overall experience for all players.
- ALL feedback is your greatest ally
As developers, the importance of listening to player feedback is crucial. After all, what good is a virtual reality game if those playing it are not entertained? Any early adopters will be necessary for the future of your game’s success. Listen to anything and everything they have to say, take that data, analyze it, and make the necessary changes. Any online feedback should be taken into deep consideration. If users have taken the time to construct negative feedback about your game, it means that they care enough to demand change. Using this feedback to your advantage and tailoring it to your target audience will increase users and, ultimately, generate more sales.