Official Codex Discord Server

  1. Welcome to rpgcodex.net, a site dedicated to discussing computer based role-playing games in a free and open fashion. We're less strict than other forums, but please refer to the rules.

    "This message is awaiting moderator approval": All new users must pass through our moderation queue before they will be able to post normally. Until your account has "passed" your posts will only be visible to yourself (and moderators) until they are approved. Give us a week to get around to approving / deleting / ignoring your mundane opinion on crap before hassling us about it. Once you have passed the moderation period (think of it as a test), you will be able to post normally, just like all the other retards.
    Dismiss Notice

Codex Interview: Larian Studios

Discussion in 'Larian Studios' started by JarlFrank, May 10, 2017.

  1. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

    JarlFrank
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2007
    Messages:
    25,819
    Location:
    Secret Lab of the Warrior-Magus of Esoteric RPGism
    Thread title
     
    • Brofist x 6
    • nice x 2
    • Salute x 2
    • Funny x 1
    • Prestigious x 1
    ^ Top  
  2. moraes Arcane Patron

    moraes
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    656
    Project: Eternity Wasteland 2 Codex USB, 2014 Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    Ask about GM mode. Ask them if you can build single player campaigns with it.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 5
    ^ Top  
  3. JasonNH Augur

    JasonNH
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2009
    Messages:
    274
    "Do you plan to have staff dedicated to supporting the modding community when the tools are released?"

    or perhaps more generally, "How do you plan to improve support for the modding community compared to DOS?"
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  4. Jimmious Arcane Patron

    Jimmious
    Joined:
    May 18, 2015
    Messages:
    5,131
    Will they support couch co-op and controllers on release? :)
     
    • decline decline x 2
    • Balanced Balanced x 1
    • M: M: x 1
    ^ Top  
  5. Luckmann Arcane Zionist Agent

    Luckmann
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    3,406
    Location:
    Scandinavia
    Will the game have developer console functionality this time around? It is often critical for debugging or resolving bugs, especially when we consider custom content. It might sound like something minor, but it's something I've seen developers overlook before and surprise, surprise, in those cases it always ends up being an issue one way or another.

    Also, ask Swen how he always stays so energetic and positive. Unless it's just in the videos. Is he bipolar? Is it cocaine? I need to know, Swen-sama.
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
    ^ Top  
  6. Wild Slop Arcane

    Wild Slop
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2006
    Messages:
    2,142
    Location:
    Crow's Nest
    Are there circumstances where XP earned isn't shared across the party, perhaps when members are 'At War' or if leaving the group to complete personal quests?

    Maybe the answer is already known, I only tested solo.



    *
    I believe there will be an editor apart from the GM mode so that should be 'yes'.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2017
    ^ Top  
  7. Ivan Arcane

    Ivan
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2013
    Messages:
    5,414
    What's the release date?
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • incline incline x 1
    ^ Top  
  8. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

    Crooked Bee
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2010
    Messages:
    15,028
    Location:
    In quarantine
    Codex 2013 Codex 2014 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire MCA Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    Are you spending all of your moneys on this game?
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • it is a mystery it is a mystery x 1
    • Bad Spelling Bad Spelling x 1
    ^ Top  
  9. Projas Information Superhighwayman Patron

    Projas
    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2016
    Messages:
    1,201
    Location:
    Best Republic
    Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    Ask why is shit itemization one of their core design principles.
     
    • Agree x 8
    • Brofist x 5
    • Edgy x 3
    • Funny x 2
    • it is a mystery x 1
    ^ Top  
  10. Feyd Rautha Cipher Patron

    Feyd Rautha
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    798
    Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Why do they have boob armor, orcs with gigant tits and stuff like that if they wanna get more women to play?
     
    • :M x 3
    • Shit x 2
    • Brofist x 1
    • Rage x 1
    • M'lady x 1
    • Nuke it from orbit x 1
    • retadred x 1
    ^ Top  
  11. Jedi Exile Arcanum Patron

    Jedi Exile
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2010
    Messages:
    1,134
    Project: Eternity Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    Ask Swen, why he is so awesome.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    ^ Top  
  12. oldmanpaco Master of Siestas

    oldmanpaco
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2008
    Messages:
    12,599
    Location:
    Just outside the chimpout.
    I will never understand why heterosexual males get upset at boob/bikini armor in games.

    Also ask if they are going to take their writing more seriously or stay in that silly/cringey style they seem so fond of.
     
    • Agree Agree x 4
    ^ Top  
  13. Lacrymas Arcane

    Lacrymas
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2015
    Messages:
    11,886
    Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    When is Avellone's character going to be added?

    ...that's about it really. The shit itemization is to be expected by now and they've said they won't change it for some mind-boggling reason.
     
    • butthurt butthurt x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
    ^ Top  
  14. SausageInYourFace Codexian Sausage Patron

    SausageInYourFace
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2013
    Messages:
    3,693
    Location:
    In your face
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech Bubbles In Memoria A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Ask him what he thinks of the current state of the market for old school RPGs. Kichstarter seems to be in decline, indie market oversaturated and many sequels face a steep decline in sales, even some high profile titles like Torment flop. Does he think that Larian expansion is a sound business decision in this light? Is this the end of the Renaissance?
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 3
    • Agree Agree x 1
    ^ Top  
  15. Neanderthal Arcane

    Neanderthal
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2015
    Messages:
    3,626
    Location:
    Granbretan
    Will we see Verdistis, Rivertown, Aleroth or any o other locations from Div Div?
    Does he intend to finish off Damian plot at any point?
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 3
    ^ Top  
  16. Efe Arbiter

    Efe
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2015
    Messages:
    1,687
    will there be an option to increase animation speed?
    what is the single most important aspect of the game that would never be up for negotiation?
    also pls look into his eyes and ask him to reduce inventory management chores especially with crafting ingredients.
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    ^ Top  
  17. undecaf Arcane Patron

    undecaf
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2010
    Messages:
    3,104
    Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2
    When are they going to make a scifi/non-fantasy RPG (in the image of D:OS or otherwise)?
     
    • incline incline x 2
    • Yes Yes x 1
    ^ Top  
  18. Iznaliu Arbiter

    Iznaliu
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2016
    Messages:
    3,686
    What does Swen think of other kickstarter RPGs? (InXile, Obsidian, HBS)
    Would they be willing to make a game with more focus on non-combat abilities? (alignment, reputation, non-combat skills, etc.)?
     
    ^ Top  
  19. Rivmusique Arcane Patron

    Rivmusique
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    Messages:
    3,455
    Location:
    Kangarooland
    Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    How has the TropesVsWomen series informed development? Did any particular video cause you to change/rethink a particularly damaging planned character/story/design?
     
    • hopw roewur ne x 2
    • Funny x 2
    • Shit x 2
    • WTF am I reading x 1
    • retadred x 1
    ^ Top  
  20. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

    felipepepe
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2007
    Messages:
    16,774
    Location:
    Terra da Garoa
    Five years ago Swen's design philosophy was the FUME: http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=7982

    Ask if anything has changed.

    Also, when pitching D:OS he has having issues making people understand the game, since complex CRPGs had become rare: http://www.lar.net/2014/03/07/educating-players/

    Ask him if now things are better - maybe because of the RPG Renaissance in the past few years, or just people having played Divinity: Original Sin.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 4
    ^ Top  
  21. Jinn Arcane

    Jinn
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2007
    Messages:
    2,913
    Would like to second this. But rephrased: why continue with the Diablo-esque loot system? A game like this deserves great, unique, and exciting loot!
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • meh meh x 1
    ^ Top  
  22. Feyd Rautha Cipher Patron

    Feyd Rautha
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    798
    Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    You might not be aware but Swen posted a gigant wall of text asking why so few women played the game. Design catering to a straight male audience could be a factor in this, I don't know. I just wanna know his take on the issue.
     
    • Acknowledge this user's Agenda Acknowledge this user's Agenda x 2
    • Shit Shit x 1
    ^ Top  
  23. Sitra Achara Arcane Patron

    Sitra Achara
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2003
    Messages:
    1,685
    Codex 2012 Codex 2013 Codex 2014 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015
    1. Has Larian considered a GM AI mode for single player? E.g. for tweaking encounters on the fly, giving the player "OOC" feedback, etc.

    2. Is Swen familiar with No Truce With tge Furries? The thought cabinet seems like a natural continuation for DOS internal dialogues.

    3. Any further plans for cooperation with WotC? What would you say if the next d&d edition adopted the surface mechanics?

    4. How do you manage juggling 4 studios working on the same game? (Or are they??)
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
    • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
    ^ Top  
  24. IncendiaryDevice Self-Ejected Village Idiot

    Self-Ejected
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2014
    Messages:
    7,407
    How old were you when your hairline started to recede?
    Did you find yourself getting mildly depressed about this or did you embrace it as a more real you?
    Did you ever contemplate wigs or hair transplants?
    Did you find the girls/boys/goats/whatevers found you hotter/more noticeable as a result, or the opposite?
    Do you think is easier having a receding hairline when you're really tall, because most people wont really see it anyway?
    Do you polish your head?
    Are things looking promising for a smooth and 'complete' initial release of D:OS 2?
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 4
    • Funny Funny x 2
    • Despair Despair x 1
    ^ Top  
  25. SausageInYourFace Codexian Sausage Patron

    SausageInYourFace
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2013
    Messages:
    3,693
    Location:
    In your face
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech Bubbles In Memoria A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    What are the chances of Larian making a sequel to Dragon Commander?

    I know the answer will be "Not anytime soon (never!) but never say never" but I'd appreciate the question anyway cause I wanna see a sequel and so I wanna show interest.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • :M :M x 1
    ^ Top  

As an Amazon Associate, rpgcodex.net earns from qualifying purchases.