July 2023 Core Report

July 2023 Core Report

In this month’s Headline Release, we analyze a major update in Clash Royale that addresses some of the app’s underlying progression issues. However, despite taking several steps to improve the app’s long-term health, the update has faced significant backlash from the player community. This criticism revolves around the update’s aggressive monetization strategy that gives paying players insurmountable advantages—a risky move for a PvP app. As user acquisition becomes more expensive, apps should reconsider the balance between short-term monetization and lifetime value. 

June 2023 Core Report

June 2023 Core Report

Spider-Verse Parkour and Enter the Spider-Verse continue Garena Free Fire’s streak of highly successful IP crossovers, which take advantage of the battle royale genre’s ability to incorporate diverse mechanics. Because battle royale apps include such a large variety of maps, modes, and mechanics, it’s easier for those apps to integrate IPs without feeling forced. In Spider-Verse Parkour’s case, Garena Free Fire adapts its existing parkour race mode to include abilities and a map inspired by the new Spider-Man movie, Across the Spider-Verse.

May 2023 Core Report

May 2023 Core Report

PUBG Mobile’s World of Wonder continues the major trend of battle royale apps offering robust map editors, such as Fortnite’s Creative and Garena Free Fire’s Craftland. The feature’s in-app editor allows players to design custom maps and game modes, then publish their designs for the community. Player-created maps have long been a PC and console gaming staple that simultaneously generates new content and builds strong player communities.

April 2023 Core Report

April 2023 Core Report

PUBG Mobile’s World of Wonder continues the major trend of battle royale apps offering robust map editors, such as Fortnite’s Creative and Garena Free Fire’s Craftland. The feature’s in-app editor allows players to design custom maps and game modes, then publish their designs for the community. Player-created maps have long been a PC and console gaming staple that simultaneously generates new content and builds strong player communities.

March 2023 Core Report

March 2023 Core Report

A new update in Brawl Stars introduces two connected features: Mastery gives each hero a unique reward meter that players fill by winning matches with that hero. Because Brawl Stars’ roster includes over 70 heroes, this system adds over 70 new progressions to keep players engaged. Mastery also supports Brawl Stars’ other main progression system, Trophies, as both features incentivize players to use as many heroes as possible to maximize rewards.

February 2023 Core Report

February 2023 Core Report

LifeAfter’s Cohabitation allows two players to merge their bases together in order to share resources, complete co-op challenges, and earn rewards. The one-on-one nature of this feature encourages engagement by making each player accountable for their contributions. However, the feature’s high demands risk frustrating teammates who have unequal levels of commitment.

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