Bioware's Mark Darrah thinks that in this generation, the RPG genre could finally become dominant, partly thanks to technology advancements.
An interesting perspective. I hope he is right, less shooters and more RPGs would be good for the industry
I hope so, to hell with FPS! FPS sales have peaked and are only going to go down
I hope he's right. Miss those turn based RPGs. Everyone now just wants to 'take advantage' of the hardware. Is it too much to ask for the traditional turn based or even SRPGs to come back?
I would take a RPG over any other game any time.
While that might be true, unfortunately, FPS games are what sell the most. There is a very large group of people that only play FPS and Sports games. (Casual crowd). I'm not really basing this on any actual statsitics, but i have to think that even if RPG sales went up, and FPS sales went down, FPS games would still outsell the RPG's. I only say that because there are too many casual gamers out there that play FPS games, but not RPG's. (Like your gamers that only buy consoles for the new CoD/Battlefield and Madden games) Where as, most people that play an RPG, would also be likely to pick up an FPS. I could be wrong, but thats how it seems to me.
It kinda already is when every genre is taking RPG elements and calling them revolutionary. Even mp ranking system is nothing but progression system from rpgs.
Thats a good point. You're definitely not wrong. But having elements of RPG games is a far cry (4) from having an actual full blown RPG. But genres have gotten so diversified over the years. Back in the day, the only things we used to consider RPG's were something like Final Fantasy, or Dragon Quest. Something like that. But over the years, devs have gotten more creative, and technology has allowed to implement these things into other games. Now we have FPS RPG's, Turn Based RPG's, Third Person Action RPG's. Now, pretty much any genre can be made into an RPG. Now that I think about it, I think we would be hard pressed to find a game that DOESN'T have any RPG elements in there somewhere, no matter how insignificant they might be. Good comment, man. I hadn't really looked at things like that before.
Totally agree on this, although I still enjoy 3rd person view shooters with action elements.
I love single player RPGs because there's nobody there to spoil things you want to figure out for yourself, no griefers, exploiters, stackers, stat padders, etc. I just hope some of these RPGs will secretly plan to unveil a VR version too, eventually (and you too GTA). Games like BF4 can be a fun experience but too often random strangers can ruin it, including the strangers that made and 'balanced' the game. It's nice to have some peace alone in your own game sometimes.
I see RPGs and Survival Horrors will be the games to buy this generation. They are both unique genres that haven't had the attention they deserve. Kinda tired of the same game every year or so (COD).
Yes I see the same coming, it's becoming a trend. "The Division" is being marketed as a RPG and Silent HillS is being developed by the greatest gamemaker of all time, these genres will make a PS2-style comeback and bring Japan back :D
@bloodborn, Let's just hope they are done right. I'm ready for some great RPGs and Horror games since they were not a big thing during the PS3 era.
That would be awesome, as long as they're not ALL ACTION! Give us action, turn-based, and turn-based strategy. Give us variety!
I second this motion
Right now we have them all. This is the real Golden Age!
We get very few turn-based games these days. And the few we do get are borderline shovelware.
I would love for RPG's to be the big genre that devs push. And why not? We are already seeing big epic movies that are being produced with trilogies in mind. We have Marvel who is just knocking it out of the park with creating a huge movie universe. This gen the tech is there to do the same. Huge epic games that put you in the role of changing the fate of the entire world/universe. I think RPG's have a deeper and more involved sense of gameplay than most FPS games.
Of course. They're generally far deeper games, in the same way that an epic fantasy/sci-fi movie can be far more compelling than your average action flick. That's not to say those aren't fun, though!
please be true
I love me some RPG's
Oh pleaseeeeeee, preferably Action rpgs, as i hate turn based ones (just my opinion). If you gave me 10 games a year like the "Souls" series or Skyrim id be happy all year and wouldnt need to play anything else.
Best part about PS2 era for me were all the RPGs, so I'd be happy about that.
I doubt this will happen. The biggest problem is that RPGs require the gamer to be attentive and maintain their character's inventories/skills. Many people now-a-days just want to pick up and play the games. RPGs don't allow that with much success.
i would love that. they're off to a bit of a slow start though.
Gawd, I hope this man is correct! He is right, the tech is there to really give some incredibly rich and deep games. That said, RPGs can be costly and publishers may be a tad hesitant in pouring a lot of money into these things without a "casual" hook. My bet, is that we see more and more "other" type games take on more on more RPG elements. Take Destiny for instance. Though it ultimately fell a little flat by not fleshing out the RPG elements (and content) enough, we all saw the opportunity and the formula that can work. (Arguably we were all disappointed because it didn't execute on this idea enough and we REALLY wanted it to.) I think this generation will be great once it gets going. Dragon Age, Witcher 3, Shadows of Mordor leading the way.
I really hope it come to pass. RPG's are my favourite genre and more of them the better.
Omg please be true I wanna see RPGs, especially JRPGs
western RPGs I hope.
It's the age of Open World games. It takes more to wow people on graphics, so Devs want to use extra power to create larger worlds with more content on disc. Witcher 3 is open world and has won Best E3 twice, Xenoblade was a Wii success and is getting a full open world game on WiiU. Fallout 3 and Skyrim have made interest in those series soar astronomically. Zelda is getting the Open World treatment. Naturally you have RPG elements in these games to increase the depth and personalization, people want to feel like a unique badass. Done right RPG's provide the most bang for your buck out of any series. I played RPG's as a kid so anything with leveling and customization is a big plus. As the need to wow people with more than just the details on a gun improve, RPG/Open-World will move to fill that void.
This gen is ripe for online RPGs, you just have to look at the destiny sales to see how many ps4s and x1s are connected to the internet and capable of playing such games now.
RPGs is the main reason why I play games. So hope hes right.
I hope Marvel/DC/etc are listening as I want an Action RPG/Beat-em up like all the old Xmen/marvel/D&D games on ps2/Xbox. Marvel Ultimate Alliance was great but those were the only true successors worth playing the entire last generation. I feel the Lego games sort of put them on the back burner and targeted an even younger/casual demographic when people like me still loved the old games. Most we got were arcade games that were not up to snuff IMO and did more harm than good. Hardcore RPGs are cool but I still like lighter RPGs too.
The Shooter genre fun while it once was has lost its clear cut edge it had in years prior. The whole idea of running and gunning has practically been done to death as millions of gamers are getting sick of it. RPG's FTW.
As long as it's not bioware.I've only played Dragon Age & ME3 & I can tell they really suck in terms of gameplay
not surprising since the definition of rpg has been blurred
While I really hope he is right, anytime I see a person with an investment in something say that said investment will be big or profitable, I take it with a grain of salt. The guy that says "mobile games are the future" while working on a mobile game doesn't get much traction with me and the guy who says RPGs are the future while working on an RPG doesn't either.
Yeah it could be if you guys make good rpg's. Duh!
I hope he's right as RPGs are one of my favorite genres. Especially JRPGs.
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