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Baldur's Gate 3 director refused to sacrifice quality even amid budget and time concerns

Larian was eventually forced to change up its development pipelines.

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shinoff218330d ago

Can't wait for my physical. I got in on the 2nd wave. Had an email a few weeks ago but I was figuring I wouldn't get the game till July August. Well worth that physical edition though.

bRuud8330d ago

I am also waiting for the physical edition of the game. The game is on it's way to me so I expect it next week. Can't wait to finally start the game.

Ataraxias29d ago

I loved the game overall, but Act 3's writing is definitely a result of sacrificed quality.

anast29d ago

Example? Not saying it isn't so, but I'd like to know what you mean.

thorstein29d ago (Edited 29d ago )

I am also curious. I felt like Act 3 was a whole new game.

Ataraxias29d ago

One example is Halsin having dramatically less dialogue than any other companion during Act 3. He was added later in development and it shows.

anast28d ago (Edited 28d ago )

A distant secondary character that you don't even have to engage with having less dialogue doesn't mean that the whole third act is inferior. I will need more than that. I will need story beats, plot holes, structure and so on.

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Xbox's Matt Booty implies Tango Gameworks closure was partly due to leadership change

Eurogamer: "Xbox's Matt Booty has spoken more on the closure of Tango Gameworks earlier this year."

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The Wood1d ago (Edited 1d ago )

I call BS on this. All metrics were met apparently or was that another lie. There's something deeper happening within xbox's management

GamerRN16h ago

You have an inside scoop? Well don't hold back, share with us your knowledge!

AsimLionheart13h ago

He is referring to this tweet by Greenberg which Spencer retweeted.

https://twitter.com/aarongr...

Wood is arguing that MS was either lying then when they claimed the game was a success or they are lying now by giving excuses for shutting down the studio.

The Wood13h ago

What part irks you sir? My opinion that xbox has a management problem or stating xbox heads said metrics were met and the game was a success. They closed the studio that released one of xbox's most successful new ips in a very long time. There's a lie somewhere don't you think or are you the eyes wide shut type

StormSnooper9h ago

I think we all have an inside scoop at this point. MS has lied so often that we all know what to expect from them.

Cacabunga23h ago

It’s xbox DNA to lie and U-turns

GamerRN16h ago

I love fanboy analytics too...

Thank God Sony has never lied to us! /s

Cacabunga16h ago

There is a difference between lying all the time and saying fake shit and anyone else

GamerRN7h ago

Ok I'll bite, what's the difference between lying and saying fake shit

DarXyde21h ago

I don't know that he's lying. The heads at Xbox tend to be forthcoming in painfully indirect ways.

The article notes the exit of Shinji Mikami which I also believe was a factor, but Arkane is a different situation.

Perhaps the issue with everyone's assessment is that, because they closed around the same time, everyone assumes the reasons are the same.

Occam's razor here: Tango lost its value to Microsoft with Mikami out and Arkane just dropped the ball spectacularly.

All being said, Booty is clearly lying about one thing: the notion that anything mentioned in this interview was done "out of respect for the staff" is a bold faced lie. They closed the studio while the staff were on vacation in Japan.

Miss me with that, Booty.

Cacabunga19h ago

You said "I don't know that he's lying."

And later you said:

"All being said, Booty is clearly lying "

Are you ok?

DarXyde17h ago(Edited 17h ago)

Spare me the pedantry.

I'm very clearly talking about two different things:

When it comes to telling you about the future or actions taken broadly, they're indirect, but technically not lies. The go-to example is Rise of the Tomb Raider "coming exclusively to Xbox One in 2014." That wasn't a lie, but if you don't read between the lines, you'll think that's a lie. More recently, they tout new Xbox "hardware" which is incredibly ambiguous. It's sketchy, and intentionally vague, but calling it a lie is a bit too heavy handed. In reality, they say things in a way to get you to draw incorrect conclusions and they can blame you for misinterpreting.

I'm saying I don't know how much of what Booty is saying is truthful, intentionally vague, etc.

But on the very specific issue I cite (i.e., wanting to be respectful of staff), he's being dishonest—and it is very clearly a footnote to the broader point being made.

I shouldn't have to explain that in such explicit detail, but clear enough?

SonyStyled14h ago

‘Best lineup in Xbox history’ advertised during holiday season -cancels Scalebound and Fable after holiday season.

Not a lie. They had a good lineup. They just flipped the scripped after holiday season sales. What they advertised isn’t what the customer receives. Bait and switch

LoveSpuds16h ago(Edited 16h ago)

I recall seeing interviews where Shinji Mikami said he had no involvement in the development of HiFi Rush, it was a European guy who directed the game I believe.

So even if its true that Shinji leaving was a loss, closing the studio still doesn't pass the sniff test to me. They shut a great studio who had just put out Xbox' best game in years which had no input from Mikami.

MS can't help but lie, they always have, scummy company.

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MrDead23h ago

The gaming media better get on board with these sort of articles as MS buying up the industry means you guys won't get review copies or exclusive news unless you push the MS narrative.

The MS narrative "it's everyone else's fault."

1Victor23h ago

WARNING ⚠️ SARCASM AHEAD WARNING ⚠️ sure they have an awful management with sexual harassment and embezzlement of funds so let’s close the studio we just purchased and leave games in the table. END OF SARCASM
( insert here a comic strip of guy thrown out of window for suggesting firing the management )

Eonjay11h ago

Right. If management is an issue hire new management.