I have been keeping watch on the Oakenvale area trying to catch all the new players coming through and I have noticed a few things that I think we all already know anyway.
1. They come across bug swarms straight away and die really quickly 2. They can't talk (presumably using town talk, pretty sure this will be fixed in the next update anyway) 3. Not enough low level armours dropping between levels 1-5 4. Need a notification when you turn level 6 that you'll start losing stuff when you die. 5. First quest doesn't get you to level 2 and you need to be level 2 to see the other quests, people will often look for the rest of the quests at level 1 and give up.
I've found that most new players don't make it to level 5, fewer make it to level 10 but once they get to level 10 they are basically hooked.
Edited by - Spartan Dylan on 10/07/2017 8:04:26 PM
I think that also a building or a hall in the starting town or close by , with higher end gear that new players , could see of the possibility of the items they could obtain (kinda like in solodon) would keep them interested knowing there is much more out in the world that is to be discovered