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Matt Chat 431: George Ziets on Alternative Settings and New Games

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Matt Chat 431: George Ziets on Alternative Settings and New Games

Interview - posted by Infinitron on Mon 4 November 2019, 00:42:06

Tags: Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura; Baldur's Gate III; Baldur's Gate III (Obsidian Entertainment); Digimancy Entertainment; Disco Elysium; Earth & Beyond; George Ziets; Journey to the Center of Arcanum; Loom; Matt Barton; The Outer Worlds

The first episode of Matt Barton's interview with George Ziets is a direct continuation of his Digimancy Entertainment announcement from two weeks ago. George said then that he wants his new company to make RPGs with unusual settings, and in the first part of the episode he goes over some of those settings - Arcanum (he finds the Journey to the Center of Arcanum sequel concept intriguing), Ravenloft, the LucasArts adventure game Loom(!), and of course Planescape. In the second part of the episode, George shares his thoughts about a few new games, namely Disco Elysium, The Outer Worlds, and the upcoming Baldur's Gate III. It turns out that when Obsidian were trying to pitch their own BG3 back in 2008, there were a few people in the studio who tried in vain to make it turn-based. George believes that Larian's game will be turn-based, but he has no inside information about the project.


At the end of the episode George talks a bit about how he got his start in the gaming industry at Westwood, where he worked on cancelled MMO Earth & Beyond. Apparently he got an interview invitation from BioWare shortly after he started working there and had to turn them down - quite a life-changing decision. According to Matt, there will be at least three more episodes with George.

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