Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founders of BioWare, have discussed their vision for the future of the developer’s RPGs, in which they hope to achieve “a broadening of the genre”.
Incorporating new ideas or expanding the possibilities of the RPG genre is, of course, a great aim. However, if "broaden the RPG genre" really means "broadening the market for our games", jettisoning in-depth, complex character development and replacing the attributes we've come to love abour RPGs with the kind of two-a-penny, linear FPS/third-person action that seems to be inherent in every mainstream release nowadays, then that's not exactly a good thing. I know Bioware are fighting to get the right balance, but my concern is that they may end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater in search of even bigger sales.
All is well. Dark souls.
Exactly. Dark souls is an RPG for action game fans. But for a hardcore RPG nut, it's also very enjoyable. I think adding RPG elements is about the best thing you can do to a game.
"Ruin" is more accurate.
If I want to play an action game I'll pick up an action game. What I want from an RPG is different. They need to realize that adding all those non-RPG elements will not only "broaden the RPG genre" it will also broaden the competition since all games become similar once they all add the "best" elements of other genres.
RPG should be able to have action. It keeps things exciting. Which is why ME3 will be the greatest RPG ever.
You mean in the same manner you "broaden" your audience with DA2?
You mean the 3rd person semi tactical shooter with soft RPG elements? I liked Mass Effect 2, its great for what it is, but it is not true RPG, why does Bioware feel the need to stick that label on it?
bioware, after the atrocious da2 and now the boring swtor (yes, i palyed beta twice), you have no more hope...me3 is a third person shooter now
i hope other developers dont follow what bioware does, theyre getting new players because what theyre making isnt an rpg anymore, but theyre also loosing players because of the same reason. broadening isnt the term i would use, i would rather say that theyre changing demographics. they used to cater towards the rpg crowd, now theyre catering towards fans of shooters.
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