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Brian Fargo discourses with GameSpot
Interview - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Thu 2 October 2003, 15:10:18Tags: Brian Fargo; InXile Entertainment; The Bard's Tale (2004)
GameSpot has an interview with Mr. Fargo which is basically about inXile and Bard's Tale, naturally. Here's some about the game:
GameSpot: About the game. Bard's Tale is considered a classic computer RPG, but the last game in the series was initially released in 1988. How are you addressing the challenge of bringing back a long-dormant franchise, and how will you adapt it to work for both a console and a PC audience?
Brian Fargo: The Bard's Tale filled a gaping hole at the time of its release. It was the first first-person dungeon game that had color, music, and animation, and it really captured the essence of the old-school role-playing games. Obviously it is a much different world today now that we have console systems, and users have less tolerance for the need to keep copious notes, mapping out levels by hand, and only being able to save games in one location.
We love the concept of the Bard and his music, we love the area of the world that the Bard's Tale existed, and we love the good old-fashioned dungeon-delving in looking for secret doors, magic mouths, traps, etc. However, after making RPGs for nearly 20 years, I believe there is so much more to accomplish than just leveling up, getting better items, and taking on the dragon.
Of course, we will all have all those great RPG mechanics, but we need to get way beyond the shining hero who is happy to get the green key for the green door. While this will exist on console and PC both, it is a more intelligent RPG than most of the standard fare. People who play RPGs will appreciate the cause-and-effect-type situations we have created and the more human nature of the characters. We want the Bard to react to situations like a real person would, not the mindless hero who wants to save the world because he has been told to.
I think the bigger cliche would be You're the hero who gets sent on a small task and ends up tripping over the larger, more daunting task of world saving. How many CRPGs have used that one?
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