Y1 Rift Stats: How to Paint a Bleak Picture
With a new Rift opening today, I wanted to share some thoughts I had after looking over the stats that BHVR released for the first year of the Rift/Archives. To be frank, I can't understand why BHVR doesn't take an extremely hard look at the Rift and make heavy changes to the time investment required to complete them.
Here is some data:
- Players Exploring the Archives = 2,664,000
- I assume this means anyone who progressed on even 1 single Archive challenge, and counted once for EACH Rift. Therefore this roughly equals the total number of Rift participants for each Rift, added together.
- Number of Rifts Completed = 433,266
Purely based on this, and assuming extremely few people completed the Rift without doing any Archive challenges, 433,266/2,664,000 = 16% of Rifts were actually completed. This is a staggeringly low number for something that was sold to the community as a "1 hour per day time investment".
- Total Rift Fragments Earned = 923,678,046
Taking the total Rifts completed (433,266) and multiplying that by the number of fragments needed to complete the Rift (700), and subtracting that from the total, gives you 620,391,846 fragments earned that did not go towards completed Rifts. This is equal to 67% (roughly 2/3) of all fragments earned do not go towards completed Rifts.
Is there something I am missing here? Is this how battlepasses typically work with other games? Note that the number of Rifts completed stat did not include if the player bought tiers or completed them through gameplay. Given that, I imagine that the number of players who completed the Rift purely through gameplay is even lower. With a completion rate this low, I question if BHVR wants us finish the Rift at all.
As I have stated in a few other threads, I am very disappointed in the addition of the Rift to DBD. The short events that we had prior to the Rift's debut, while some had their flaws, were short duration and reasonable to complete. The time investment required to do Rifts is far, far greater, and is a huge turn off for me to participate any longer at this point. Despite completing all the Y1 Rifts myself, I can't see myself continuing the pattern that has burned me out on DBD 4 times this past year. I haven't investigated the new Rift as of yet, but without any official word on a dramatic decrease in the amount of time investment needed for them, I have little hope this pattern will change.