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Submitted by skyward 1831d ago | interview

BioWare: We Want Call Of Duty's Audience

NowGamer: With Dragon Age II’s release imminent, senior producer Fernando Melo feels the sequel has far more reach than Origins, even potentially attracting the same kind of crowd that flocks to gaming’s biggest franchise, Call Of Duty... (BioWare, Call of Duty, Dragon Age 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Darkfiber  +   1831d ago
Money hungry Bioware and it shows. Stop selling out!
skyward  +   1831d ago
Is it selling out to want an audience that's already playing RPGs but just doesn't know it?
Jaces  +   1831d ago
WTF are you talking about Bioware?!

The CoD crowd are a bunch of brain dead morons who flock to rehashed pieces of sh*t. Looks like Bio will be another developer who's games I'll be buying used or at least renting if they go down that road.
Inside_out  +   1831d ago
Corrupt data...
" We have data "...there is your mistake right there. If you want COD numbers, you have to make a game that caters to that demographic. A demographic that love intense, loose and fast game play...RPG's are not going to cut it. slow moving Tanks and helos are not going to get it done.

Lets not forget about that little thing called combative/versus multi-player is the biggest part of those's a genetic tribal thing.

Peter Molyneux, MOH, Dice, people can fly, and now Bioware...what's wrong with these guys. Crying to the press about COD...WTF...grow some balls already.
plumber15  +   1831d ago
so they want to cater to the immature 12 year olds that use there parents money to buy a game from a company that make the same game every year and charges more for it then any other game , hmmmmmm looks i wont be buying this game from bioware .
DFresh  +   1831d ago
Now we're getting more developers following that path of releasing rehashed games every year and overcharging on everything to rip off the gamer.
Good job you idiots.
I don't believe you have to sell out to get that type of exposure.
Let the games speak for themselves.
Kon  +   1831d ago
No, no and no. They cant be happy with their actual fanbase? People who actually enjoy a good story-driven game instead of a game that releases every year with no improvements?
grifter024  +   1831d ago
Nope they cant be happy with their own fanbase just due to EA breathing down their neck on wanting to rake in more money.

Look what happened to Mass Effect 2.

Mass 1 SUPERB RPG and my favorite game.
EA swallows Bio.
Mass 2 turned into 88% shooter 12% RPG just due to EA wanting a bigger audience.

Bio sold out the main audience of Mass Effect and are now subjected to a more then probable horrible multiplayer experience.

I really liked Bio but after the trilogy of Mass Effect is up I will pause before I buy another BioEA game.
xlockingupthesunx  +   1831d ago
Off topic, but Mass Effect 1 rules! My favorite game of all time!
VenomProject  +   1831d ago
Would you rather have BioEA or BioVision?

I can only imagine what Kotick would do to the Dragon Age series if Activision were the publisher.
grifter024  +   1831d ago
I do have to admit BioVision sounds pretty awesome but its sort of trying to pick the lesser evil.

Both companies would corrupt Bio to the point where a DECENT RPG out of Bio would be a blessing.

Look at what EA is doing after Mass Effect 3.
They are going to start doing what is happening to Halo/COD/KZ/Mario. A new installment every year in the Mass Effect universe.

The only devs I see that seem to care more about their IP then money would be Blizzard(SC) and Eidos(Deus ex)
McMee  +   1831d ago
I trust Bioware, can't say that about many developers.
slavish3  +   1831d ago
add co-op and me and alot of my friends would pick it up
Dlacy13g  +   1831d ago
@slavish3...totally agree. I mean I will get Dragon Age 2 regardless, but the whole premise of most RPG games revolves around a group of characters that band together. How are we not seeing more games put that to use in co-op dungeon crawling? Its what MMO's on PC's do all the time on a grand scale so why can't these games give us 2-4 player co-op play?
slavish3  +   1831d ago
each team member could easily be a online friend. I would buy this day F'ing one. If you want to play alone stay offline. easy .Since its not... so far, I'll get it when GOTY edition comes out. Its a good game but that would make it even better
Lovable  +   1831d ago
Make better games then...
Kon  +   1831d ago
Not possible.
Zinc  +   1831d ago
By that logic, you are saying that the sales of CoD is a result of its superiority over a game like Dragon Age.

Also, by that logic, Saw3D was a better movie than Event Horizon... No way.
VenomProject  +   1831d ago
Event Horizon was an amazing movie.

Kudos to you for having watched it.
The_Nameless_One  +   1831d ago
The hardcore CoD player will never pick a Bioware game and that's a fact. The percentage of people who are big into shooters are just not built for RPG. Most of them don't even know CoD 4 took it's MP progression from RPG's and when you try explaining it to them they think RPG is a Rocker Propelled Grenade.

Now I am not saying all HC CoD players are like that but the majority of them won't give an RPG game the light of day. Their brain is just not wired for something more then "Point end of gun and shoot"
InfiniteJustice  +   1831d ago
“We have data that shows there are a lot of people that enjoy playing RPGs although they won’t necessarily call them RPGs. They’ll play Fallout, Assassin’s Creed and even Call Of Duty, which have these progression elements – you’re putting points into things – but they don’t necessarily associate that as an RPG. So we think that if we expand that out we’ll attract a much bigger audience.”

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Although no one can deny Bioware are 'streamlining' or 'dumbing down' or whatever you might call it, this doesn't necessarily mean they want to make a game that only appeals to Call of Duty players, as the headline might otherwise suggest.

But even so, for Bioware faithful this isn't really something you want to hear them say.
Xfanboy  +   1831d ago
lol then put quick scoping in me3! lmao!!

dumb statement they are doing fine for the fans now they want to make a better rpg than call of duty?? get the money out of your head!!! Everybody who want to beat call of duty happens to be under ea wtf!!
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Saryk  +   1831d ago
I know nothing about Dragon Age 2, however I own all of the Dragon Age 1 items (DLC and Expansion). If they plan on using Dragon Age 2 to bring in the COD or FPS crowd, that’s awesome. But please use Dragon Age 3 to back to the roots of Dragon Age. If you don't want Dragon Age series to go the route of Mass Effect, don't buy it.
ME1989  +   1831d ago

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Megaton  +   1831d ago
Go on whatever casual CoD tangent you want, AFTER Mass Effect 3. Just don't screw that game up. PLEASE DON'T SCREW THAT GAME UP!
Zinc  +   1831d ago
See, here's the thing...

Does everybody that likes to read books, like to read sci-fi? Does everybody that likes to watch TV, like to watch CSI? Does everybody that likes to go to a movie, like to see action movies?

The answer to all these questions is no.

Figure it out games industry. You can't be all things to all people, because than you are nothing to most.

People who want to experience games like CoD, will buy them, otherwise, they will buy something like Diablo or something like The Elder scrolls, ect.

There's room for all, but if you try to be middle of the road, you get middle of the road results.

No thanks.
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mobijoker  +   1831d ago
Actually they deserve that.But RPGs are not for every one.So,rpg sales will always be low compared to fps.But they are the leading sales generator in
rpg arena along with Bethesda.They should remain happy with that.The name Bioware means a sure million seller on any platform-very few devs can boast that much command.
Tex117  +   1831d ago
Ugh, that means they want to make it more accessible.

My only shining beacon of hope is in FromSoftware.
twiglet  +   1830d ago
Been saying this ever since they shat out that dumbed down turd that was ME2, wasting my time on cover shooting instead of being Mass Effect.

The doomsayers were right.

I guess that means ME3 will just rehash ME2 and its constant waves of linear shooter missions, with just as shit a story and an all new cast of expendable "badass" characters, but with multiplayer shoehorned in this time.

Seems like Bioware just doesnt want my purchases anymore, the dumb fucks.

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