Shelendil wrote:I don't think getting new commanders at the start will help as much as solving the retention problem.
Are there breakdowns by level available so we can actually see what's going on?
This is data generated from Kender / GSoW's bot that works its way through all the squads in the system. The Devs may have better data, but this is all we have.
mkenobi wrote:These trends are interesting while defining a "trend" but they only address a portion of players who are currently in a Squad, and squads who have at least once fought wars and entered the database.
There are thousands of players outside a squad, especially in the early levels because they don't understand why they should join or were not accepted into a squad because they are
These are the unknowables from our player perspective. IIRC, the game does all it can to encourage you to join a squad at the early stages, but if players don't, I'm not sure whether they 'matter', in the sense that they are unlikely to stay long in the game without a squad's assistance.
When they are HQ 4 they start to complain about they can't get enough loot for the upgrades or upgrades take too long. Most give up at Level 4, becoming inactive because probably they already deleted the game from their devices.
Game keeps getting new players in an awesome way. It's a +5 year-old game, but it's Star Wars. But as long Devs don't create something to retain the newbies - not everyone is a SW fan and most are only trying the game and if there's anything they don't like - fast they will find other games to spend their time and their money.
I agree re retention and level 4 being the crunch moment. When my son started an account of his own, this was where he lost interest. It was quite a jump in upgrade / research times. I think reducing this substantially would help greatly. In fact, I think this should be done for levels 5 to 8 as well. It's at level 8 that the game's challenges move towards squad Wars, plus by that stage, you've committed a lot of time to the game.
I've done some squad hopping recently looking for Wars, and there seems to be a lot of v low level players and a lot of 9s and 10s. The middle ground needs filling out.