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Game News Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Dev Diary #7 - Story of the Worldwound

Discussion in 'News & Content Feedback' started by Infinitron, Sep 10, 2021.

  1. Thonius Arcane

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    Go woke(er) go broke? Uh... The rule is broken so far.
    Anyhow, I think 3rd one is going to probably flop due to more wokism. Also, it's not a smooth release, their only hope is that they'll patch faster than people progress. Screencap it and print it!

    POE was released at the dark age of CRPG. We were playing Wastelands 2 for god's sake!

    It's not really bad, it's just Devs made lots of promises on greatly improving it ( no bugs ) but they just slightly improved it (less bugs). Also, the module is wokish.
     
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  2. Black_Willow Arcane

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  3. Drowed Arcane

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    The thing about this "go woke go broke" rule is that it manifests itself in the changing priorities of the product rather than the accessories that permeate the work.

    Firstly, Pathfinder was already "woke" from the beginning: trannys, gays or whatever, take your poison, it was there from the tabletop books. What makes most fans like Pathfinder is basically the fact that it is simply D&D 3.75. That's just it. Apart from BG3, there are practically no other (famous) games released with these mechanics in the last years, but there was a huge growth in the number of virtual tabletop RPG players thanks to the bug and the numerous game podcats that became popular on the internet. Basically you have a huge audience wanting to play D&D and its derivatives, but few companies willing to release games based on it.

    And getting back to the "woke" issue, as said before, Pathfinder has always had its share of token characters. So it doesn't feel the need to do like other series that feel compelled to essentially take out all white men as protagonist characters (like having a He-Man show where you literally barely see He-Man). Pathfinder's characters are largely just superfluous appearances that circle around you and much of the time can be ignored without any mental effort. You just create your character, play D&D and kill some shit. They had the sense not to overload the player's patience with irrelevant themes, probably because the plot/campaign is based on something that already exists so it's not like they need to put much effort into creating a new story.
     
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  4. Puukko Arcane

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    ... But isn't that what modern DND is?
     
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  5. Dycedarg Educated

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    Woke shit aside, it's amazing how the traditional games media has largely ignored this game. While PoE 2 had 71 critical reviews on Metacritic, WotR has only 16 at this point. I guess it's to be expected, since journos from California are much more likely to cover a local game, no matter how shitty and irrelevant, than to cover a more relevant title made in Russia.
     
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  6. Fedora Master Arcane Patron Edgy

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    A quarter million copies, but only a tiny fraction of the people who bought it will ever finish it. That's how you get the glowing reviews on Steam, too.
     
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  7. Roguey Codex Staff Sawyerite

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    Kingmaker ended up getting over 30 on metacritic. Only one in its actual month of release (a few days later), and then a little over 20 over the next month. It's long, it's going to take them a while.
     
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  8. Dycedarg Educated

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    I'm really interested to see how this goes. In my view, Obsidian and Inxile always get good coverage for their games, even if the resulting sales end up being mediocre. Pathfinder otoh has actually broken into the mainstream, or at least as much of the mainstream as a CRPG could get nowadays.
     
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  9. cvv Arcane Patron

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    Honestly given the buzz and the Pathfinder fanbase I expected twice as much at least.
     
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  10. Daidre Arcane

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    I always found Inxile numbers for player's activity pretty baffling for the amount of attention they get in western media.
    For example their Steam stats for Wasteland 3 are not pretty (and Codex thread is barely moving):
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    Of course, game was in Gamepass and on consoles too but it still appalling results for the biggest PC's shop.
    Comparing to Kingmaker first year numbers, game so buggy that you literally could not get to finale for a 2-3 months after release.
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  11. Bohrain Liturgist Patron

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    I mean that's the standard. Isn't the average completion rate for a steam game something like 15%?
     
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  12. Crescent Hawk Arbiter

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    Yeah I dont get it, have you guys ever read something from Golarion? Its a fucking ridiculous setting, perfect for critical faggots types. It honestly makes Eora look kinda nice.
     
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  13. Jaedar Arcane Patron

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    Not surprising this doesn't have many reviews yet. It's a really long game.

    Yeah. Especially annoying since the ork has one major fuckup to her name which really ought to be grounds for immediate execution or at least court martialing*, but the worst you can do is slap her (at the cost of a massive morale penalty) or throw her in the drunktank for an evening. Still, I suppose it fits with the games characterization of the crusaders as utterly incompetent.

    *Right on the eve of a big siege action she breaks down in the command tent and starts shouting about how they are all doomed and they should cancel the whole army and flee. It's laughable how you can't replace her, especially since there's multiple decent candidates within throwing distance.
     
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  14. smaug Dumbfuck! Patron Dumbfuck Shitposter

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    Lol, I just let Regill decide all my military endeavors.. Would make him crusader leader if I could. Surprised you can’t get rid of Irabeth for a long while it seems.
     
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  15. Zeriel Arcane

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    She even ASKS you to EXECUTE her, and the only "negative" option is to say, "Shucks you're right you're a traitor who should be killed, but I can't do that because REASONS."

    It's that sort of blatant protection around a character that grates with people.
     
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  16. luj1 You're all shills

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  17. Dycedarg Educated

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    Disagree. Many people, myself included, do care about sales numbers. A game selling well is an incentive for other developers to try to imitate it. On the other hand, when a game crashes and burns, it might spell the end of a company and stop others from trying something similar.

    From what we're seeing, WotR is going to be a very successful game and will probably have some influence in the crpg market. Whether this is good or bad depends on how you feel about it.
     
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  18. Fenix Arcane Vatnik

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    Yeah I could said that, in my opinion, it's first cRPG on my memory, that is SJW as fuck and with all that is a quality work being done.
    Sadly.
     
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  19. gurugeorge Arcane Patron

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    I said a while back, it depends on whether observers get the wrong end of the stick or not - if they think it's big because of the faggotry then that's bad, if they think it's big because it's an uncompromisingly nerdy CRPG gameplay-wise, and it shows that there's a good market for uncompromisingly nerdy CRPGs and punters don't want everything dumbed down, then that's good.
     
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  20. Zeriel Arcane

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    Problem is corporations have a history of willingly getting that analysis wrong. Remember when they told us "RPGs don't sell" after pumping out bad Diablo clones in the early 00's? It's that sort of self-serving analysis you should expect. Corporations and especially marketing departments are staffed with new hires who are convinced that what the kids love is wokeness, so if a grognard game riddled with wokeness succeeds, then they're gonna say it succeeded because of wokeness.
     
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  21. Dycedarg Educated

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    I refunded this game when I saw the amount of woke shit they hammered in it, so I can't say for sure one way or the other. But this would explain the reaction I saw in it's release thread.

    There are many elements that could help explain this game's success, not just those two. Fantasy scenario, the ruleset being based on D&D 3.5, the competent art design and the epic level adventure are some that come to mind. But when it comes to copying a product, people tend to focus on things that are easy to replicate. Unfortunately for us, wokeness and fantasy are extremely easy to do. An intricate combat system based on D&D 3.5 with great character customization? Not so much.
     
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