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Feargus and friends discuss the future of RPGs @ 1UP

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Feargus and friends discuss the future of RPGs @ 1UP

Interview - posted by DarkUnderlord on Fri 6 November 2009, 14:34:13

Tags: Feargus Urquhart; Obsidian Entertainment

1UP have a round table with Bill Roper (Cryptic Studios), Alan Miranda (Ossian Studios), Marcin Iwinski (CD Projekt) and Feargus Urquhart (Obsidian Entertainment) about the future of RPGs:

Dragon Age: Origins is the biggest singleplayer role-playing game release of the season. It's also the only big-budget singleplayer RPG coming out this season. The RPG is one of the oldest genres in gaming, but big releases are becoming rarer each year.​
They only just noticed that now?

AM: I think the indie-RPG scene can fill in the "old school" RPG niche, where you won't be expected to have full VO, and hence have as much dialogue as you want; where you can have that 100-plus hours of gameplay; or where you don't need to pay for a bleeding-edge graphical engine to ensure maximum cinematic effect. You can still have fun without those things. For example, I tried out the Eschalon: Book 1 demo a while back and had fun with it. It had good exploration and world interactivity.
1UP: Do developers need to make RPGs in settings other than fantasy or sci-fi? BR: Oh, yes! I think that the success of BioShock and Fallout 3 show that, unless you're putting postapocalyptic into the sci-fi category. And games like the Silent Hill series show the blockbuster potential of horror.​
There's lots more mentioned.

Thanks mediocrepoet!

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