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Game News Return of teh Jedi: JE Sawyer joins Obsidian

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by Vault Dweller, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    Tags: J.E. Sawyer; Neverwinter Nights 2; Obsidian Entertainment

    According to this <a href=http://www.mistresslair.net/forums/showthread.php?t=8415>post at Mistress' Lair</a>, JE Sawyer, the beloved son of Black Isle and teh intarnet forums, will join <a href=http://www.obsidianent.com/>Obsidian</a> next week where he would apply his mad design skillz on NWN2: Seven Sorrows.
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    <blockquote>Friday is actually my last day at Midway.
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    <i>So is gaunlet done then Sawyer?</i> Nope.
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    I am going to work for Obsidian, starting Monday.
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    <i>Can you tell us what you'll be working on, or is it a MYSTARY (sry, couldn't resist)?</i>
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    Neverwinter Nights 2.</blockquote><a href=http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=10100>Coincidentally</a>, Romero left Midway 3 weeks ago, and if Gauntlet is still unfinished, we shall assume it sucks horribly. Anyway, good luck to JE, it would be nice to see him with Feargus & Co where he belongs
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    Thanks, <b>Role-Player</b>
     
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  2. Naked_Lunch Erudite

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    This is great news!
     
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  3. Taoreich Liturgist

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    Does this mean we won't be subjected to Guantlet-related news posts anymore? My working assumption has been that these were included due to the assocation with Sir Sawyer
     
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  4. Whipporowill Erudite

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    Well, seems like fate is coming together... JE is supposed to get lead design on an rpg sometime or other... :lol:

    Great seeing the man back where he belongs anyway.
     
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  5. Spazmo Erudite

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    I thought working with Romero on a Gauntlet remake was a fittingly tragic end. Going to work at Obsidian could mean he'll finally get to make a decent game--or it could end up even more tragic.
     
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  6. Diogo Ribeiro Erudite

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    Good luck to Sawyer, in any case.

    Jefferson 4 life!
     
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  7. Shevek Arcane

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    The poor guy probably has to deal with rpg fans again and that can't make him very happy.
     
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  8. Diogo Ribeiro Erudite

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    At least now he has fans.
     
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  9. Surlent Liturgist

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    Hahhahaaaa excellent ! Hope to see the guy ranting again at Obsdian forums.
     
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  10. Jora Arcane

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    And leaking the first NWN2 screenshots in his signature.

    Great news!
     
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  11. jiujitsu Cipher

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    Yea, this is kick ass news. Obsidian is turning into Black Isle 2.
     
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  12. Atrokkus Erudite

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    Good for him!
     
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  13. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    Good for him. I guess he got over his adversion to RPGs now... unless he's working on Obsidian's Space Shooter arcade game...
     
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  14. Ap_Jolly Liturgist

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    Space Shooter action RPG is more like it. R00fles!
     
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  15. zenslinger Novice

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    Bon chance to JE, and welcome back to the...uh, the fold.
     
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  16. DemonKing Arcane

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    I was actually surprised he didn't end up there quicker - perhaps poncing around with Romero on a Gauntlet clone convinced him he would be better off with Bio/BIS II (take your pick).
     
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  17. Kuato Liturgist

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    Obsidian is making a Space shooter kick ass! I bet it will be right up there with Gears of War, I wonder if they got something big like the Star Wars license for some new kind of action rpg game.
     
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  18. Ap_Jolly Liturgist

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    Tetris with RPG elements, perhaps?
     
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  19. Deacdo Liturgist

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    Except for the games. :?

    I'm still waiting for even a hint of an RPG of the quality and depth of Fallout or even Torment from them. All I see are sequels to Bioware franchises (and NWN2 is the weakest of the lot).
     
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  20. Jora Arcane

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    Project New Jersey won't be a sequel.
     
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  21. Taoreich Liturgist

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    Why? The largest complaint with NWN was the story, an area in which Obsidian's better known contributors are reputed to exel. Assuming that they are under no obligation to continue any of the BioWare stories, what makes NWN2 so much less desireable than any other D&D FR game? unless you're just not a fan of the realms, in which case I get where you're coming from.
     
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  22. tilting_msh Formerly Judas Patron

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    ^ Besides the point the game hasn't even come out yet, so to suggest the NWN2 is the "weakest" is pretty fucking retarded, considering he's never even played it.
     
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  23. Spazmo Erudite

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    The design was horrid in NWN, yes, but it's also that the engine sucks, the interface sucks, the combat sucks, and so on.
     
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  24. Taoreich Liturgist

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    Not to divert you from chewing old soup, but, with the exception of the engine, do they not have the opportunity to address all of these to a degree?

    Actually, never mind. Back to the celebrations related to J.E. Sawyer's inevitable return to Feargus' roost.
     
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  25. Deacdo Liturgist

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    Actually, I meant they're making a sequel to the weakest Bioware RPG. I wasn't very clear.

    As for how they'll be able to improve on NWN, it doesn't sound like they'll have much opportunity to (and *that's* what makes it so much less desirable than any other D&D game). If Obsidian was creating an "original" D&D game I'd be somewhat interested. I'd be even more interested if Atari wasn't involved.
     
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