Real-time multiplayer games have become a trend of many new game development projects recently. This is partly for its vast technological advances, and its attractiveness to the players. However, creating a real-time multiplayer game and running it successfully can present added complexity to developers. To work out how to set up matches between hundreds of players in a fraction of a second, developers have to overcome the challenges of running a real-time multiplayer service. They need to make sure that the game is stable, run lag-free, and keep players’ competitive side satisfied. There are some tips to help game developers stay ahead of these challenges:
Design to solve problems:
Creating an effective matchmaking system that satisfies players, fighting back against the spectre of lag and preparing for dropped connections, and choosing platforms are tasks that game developers need to do. Their job would become easier when they recognize that each genre of game has its own characteristic problems which can be anticipated. Therefore, the thing they need to do is to look at the game design as the first phase, then predict some possible issues that may occur during the development so that they can cope with them properly.
Create an effective matchmaking system:
Developers need to think carefully about what criteria they consider essential for a multiplayer match and which they are willing to compromise. Making a list of criteria by answering these questions: what are the minimum and maximum numbers of players your game needs to run effectively? How much difference will you accept in skill between players? How long will you wait for a match connection to be made? What custom criteria do you wish to allow matches by? Do you allow players to join once a match has already begun? Once you have determined your criteria, then you can set up an effective matchmaking system for your game.
There are three things that you should do to make sure your game is as extensively tested as possible before launch: First, ensure that every system works as it should do. Second, attempt to replicate as many practical scenarios that will push your service to the max as possible. As well as testing what happens to individual devices in a variety of contexts. Finally, make sure that you test what happens in real conditions by heading out for a soft launch or beta. By using back-end analytics tools, crash reporting and even app review analysis to see how your app performs in the market, you can identify problems and fix them before you take the final plunge into the market.