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Game News Sawyer takes over NWN2 development

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by Vault Dweller, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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

    J.E. Sawyer has taken over <a href=http://www.atari.com/nwn2/>Neverwinter Nights 2</a> development, following Ferret's mysterious disappearance.
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    <blockquote>I'm now the acting lead designer on NWN2. As for the changes, I'm sure that coarse combat skill divisions could work in a fantasy game like D&D. D&D is sort of bizarre in how it divides things. I thought the division of melee skills in the first game felt clumsy and effectively forced a continual point dump if characters wanted to use them throughout the game. We'll be changing that now.</blockquote>
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    Interesting development, to say the least.
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    Spotted at: <A HREF="http://www.nwn2news.net">NWN2 News</A>
     
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  2. Whipporowill Erudite

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    Ferret MIA as in getting canned, or getting a better offer?
     
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  3. DemonKing Arcane

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    Can't say this is a good sign - projects that lose their lead designer in the midst of development often don't turn out that great...although if NWN2 is to release in June I'm presuming that most of the design work is done by now.

    Of course, it could just be that Ferret has finished the bulk of his work and is now heading for greener pastures.
     
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  4. Ellester Liturgist

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    I would like to find out if there was a falling out with Ferrett or he just moved on. Seems weird he's gone as he was with Black Isle and has worked with the Obs guys at Obs and BIS for the last 4 years or so.
     
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  5. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    I was working on an interview with him, he seemed happy with the project. Then he suddenly cancelled, said that things have changed, etc. Mystary.
     
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  6. Avin Liturgist

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    first they cut mounts, second ferret. deja vu?
    is ferret going to bio mmorpg or fo3?
     
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  7. aweigh Arcane

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    It's quite obvious Ferret was captured by the evil Xanathar.
     
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  8. POOPERSCOOPER Prophet

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    JE Sawyer is nortorious for cutting into other peoples jobs. My bet is that the ferret guy still works there but is working on some stupid shit.
     
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  9. DarkUnderlord Bringing that old Raptor magic.

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    Just so I can get this right, JE has taken over a project and the first thing he's doing is merging combat skills because, shock horror, it's necessary to actually put points into them so you can use them?

    It's happening again!!
     
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  10. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    I doubt it'll effect the game at all.

    Ferret was cool; but Sawyer is a professioanl and the project isn't dying.

    As for Ferret and BIS... IIRC, he was abrely there before they crashed so that doesn't impress me. Then again, saying you worked at a company when it died isn't exactly soemthing to brag about. LOL

    His work on NWN2 is/will be more impressive most likely. :D
     
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  11. HotSnack Cipher

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    I thought VD just added that last bit in as a reference joke, but I guess it's even more funny if that's an actual quote.

    Well, probably not funny for those planning to buy the game.
     
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  12. Voss Erudite

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    Hmm. Since D&D doesn't have any combat skills as such, I'm not sure what he'd be referring to. As far as I remember, bioware just added the poorly implemented parry skill.
     
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  13. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    They don't? What did they have to improve the characters weapon skills? Just stats?
     
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  14. HotSnack Cipher

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    Base attack bonus and feats.
     
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  15. Voss Erudite

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    You do know how D&D 3.0/3.5 works, right? You've got a base attack bonus (each class gets a set bonus rate), your stat bonus(es), possibly a weapon focus feat (to add a grand total of +1, with the option of greater weapon focus if you're a fighter) and then your magic weapon of choce. Thats all that really affects combat directly.

    The skills are almost all non-combat. Bioware added parry as a skill, and added a dodge bonus for ranks in the tumble skill. And, I think thats all...

    All other combat abilties/options are feats. Not something you sink 'points' into. And I doubt very much that WotC would allow a licensee to fuck with the feats too much.
     
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  16. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    K, I haven't played TOEE so I have no idea anymore about D&D.

    Edit: ^In a while
     
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  17. Section8 Erudite

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    Does D&D have Dire Owls? Maybe Ferret got carried off by one.
     
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  18. merry andrew Erudite

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    That's quite a zing there.
     
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  19. J.E. Sawyer Obsidian Entertainment Developer

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    I didn't know that thanks for the info.
     
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  20. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Yeah. Word on the street sawyer is that you're a dick. It's amazing you don't fit in better around us, but then again, you're not as awesome as I.
     
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  21. J.E. Sawyer Obsidian Entertainment Developer

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    It's always interesting to learn from others that I'm incompetent at everything other than bamboozling companies full of people!
     
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  22. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Hey, I never STATED you were, just said that it was rumored as such. Thanks for ducking the question! Also, did anyone see the new episode of South park? Funny as hell. Never figured Isaac Hayes for a scientologist, or chef for a pedo. :lol:
     
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  23. J.E. Sawyer Obsidian Entertainment Developer

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    I don't see a question in there.

    I wouldn't say I'm a dick. I do let people know what I think about their ideas, but I don't think I'm mean-spirited about it. If someone thinks that being critical = being a dick, they must have lived a very sheltered life.
     
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  24. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    Come on, people, give Josh a fucking break. If you disagree with his designs, argue, but cut the personal attacks out.
     
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  25. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Sigh......fine. Josh, did you see Southpark last night muthafucka!
     
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