If you’re (blissfully) disconnected from the capital-D Discourse of gaming Twitter, we’ve once again been talking about videogame difficulty this week. As always, some players find challenge to be the important part of games, while others want easier options for accessibility reasons or simple preference. It seems like the latter group is quite a bit bigger, too – judging by the stats of one the most notoriously difficult titles out there.
32% of players completed XCOM 2 on ‘rookie’ – the game’s easiest difficulty setting. That’s compared to 55% of completions on ‘veteran,’ which players typically translate to ‘normal.’ That leaves ‘commander’ and ‘legend’ – the hard and ultra-hard options – at just 11% and 3% of the total, respectively.
These stats have been available on the official site for ages, but have come back around thanks to a tweet from accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton responding to the (roughly seventh?) great difficulty debate of 2019. The stats show that players on easier difficulties are a much bigger piece of the market than their challenge-seeking counterparts.
Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/xcom-2/difficulty