Friday, May 14, 2010

Hey Bioware, STFU.

Before I go on a rampage, yes I did read the full article on Strategy Informer to make sure the comment wasn't taken out of context.

Daniel Erickson, a writing Director at Bioware, gave an interview about the Old Republic. And what turned into a friendly convo hit a sour note. Here's the question and response:

Strategy Informer: The main staple of The Old Republic has always been its story, but I'd argue that without good game play to support it, there is a lack of incentive to want to find out that story. I use Final Fantasy 13 as an example here: excellent story, but sometimes the grind or the linear game play made me struggle in wanting to see it through. What are your thoughts on that?

Daniel Erickson: Well, before I address the main point I just want to take a slightly more controversial route: You can put a 'J' in front of it, but it's not an RPG. You don't make any choices, you don't create a character, you don't live your character... I don't know what those are - adventure games maybe? But they're not RPG's.


Bioware, you all don't know shit about RPG's. Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect your games are not RPG's, no matter how many ways you want to try and throw them under that umbrella. Action adventure games, ok. RPG, no. Before you start harpooning another franchise that is the king of RPG, examine your line of work first and determine why it doesn't fit and is not as successful.

I don't know what stick is up Bioware's butt this time (probably the numbers from March showing FF13 kicked Mass Effect 2), but don't argue unless you bring something to the table that is comparable to an RPG.

Yes, FF13 is a leap from the typical FF setting. It does a lot of things differently, but keeps within the RPG genre that they have created. The stuff Bioware puts out are RPG clones. An attempt to be an RPG, but it doesn't quite make it. They also reskin their products under a new title with shinier objects. >.> Not really fitting the criteria.

I don't want to completely throw a tantrum at Bioware. I have high hopes for The Old Republic MMO. Just shut up and work on the game. Stop picking fights you're not going to win. No wonder this game keeps getting delayed.

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