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[email protected]’s HyperDot sure gets Achievement design right

A new post from HyperDot developer Glitch shows its research — and outcomes — into how Achievements should be crafted.

The post details how Glitch’s Charles McGregor approached the [email protected] Discord channel to get an insight into how players view Achievements. The results, truthfully, aren’t that surprising.

McGregor’s research suggests that players like Achievements that are paced throughout a game — at the end of each level, as an example — alongside ones that award skill and grind to a reasonable degree.

“If a game takes 5 hours to beat, it shouldn’t have an achievement that requires 50 hours of play,” the post details. “If a player defeats 500 enemies in the course of the main game, they don’t want to see an achievement for defeating 5,000 enemies.”

As we’ve previously written, the feedback suggests that gamers do not enjoy Achievements that award gamerscore in anything that’s not divisible by 5.

HyperDot is available now on Windows PC and Xbox One.

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