When it comes to reviewing our New Player Experience, there’s a lot of clear work to be done in terms of directing players to key story progression. However, when it comes to systems progression, we want to run some proper tests on what the true best way to teach a player the value of Crafting and Resources is.
We want to explore what happens when players are introduced to weapon crafting earlier on and how this impacts the new player experience, an exercise more commonly known as A/B testing. Our goal is to give players a suggestion on what next to pursue in Warframe after finishing their first Quest.
After completing the Vor’s Prize Quest, some new players will receive an Inbox message from Darvo that contains the Burston Blueprint along with one of three different Resources packages. For more experienced players, these small Resource bundles may not have an impact, but for new Tenno it may help them learn about the deeper crafting system in Warframe!
Overall there will be four possible outcomes for new players after completing Vor’s Prize for the first time:
- Player completes Vor’s Prize and there is no new Inbox message.
- Player completes Vor’s Prize and gets an Inbox message with the Burston Blueprint and all the required Resources to build it.
- Player completes Vor’s Prize and gets an Inbox message with the Burston Blueprint and all required Resources to build it, except for Ferrite.
- Player completes Vor’s Prize and gets an Inbox message with the Burston Blueprint and no Resource package.
We’ll closely monitor whether one of these four versions leads to a better play experience and understanding of the crafting system. This test will run for four weeks before the version that appears to provide the most positive New Player Experience becomes the standard for all new players.
Understandably you may be wondering why this post is necessary if we’re looking for genuine results from this experiment. Our goal here is to be transparent and not hide the fact that we’re trying some new things in an effort to better the New Player Experience.