Login | Signup

Don't Be Scared Of RPGS, Pleads Bioware

Felix Kemp
Dragon Age II, Games news, Role playing game

Don't Be Scared Of RPGS, Pleads Bioware

Bioware claims fans of casual titles like Farmville and popular shooters like Medal of Honor shouldn't be frightened of diving into RPGs. Managing your resources and gaining XP in such titles is no different to grinding and looting in the likes of Dragon Age, lead designer Mike Laidlaw believes. "They've gained XP and have received awards as a result. That's an RPG mechanic". Bioware is intent on gathering newcomers with Dragon Age 2, but not at the expense of their hardcore following.

Instead of following, say, Fable's route of simplifying the core principles of the RPG genre in an effort to appeal to non-gamers, Bioware has tried to ease newcomers into the experience without compromising on their design goals. "There were decisions that we made as a team that said, Okay, this is, I think, more welcoming", Laidlaw explained, "Not 'dumbed down' or anything like that, but welcoming".

And with the likes of Farmville and Medal of Honor retrofitting traditional RPG mechanics like gaining XP and whatnot, Bioware believes it's up to them and other RPG developers to make people realize that all these features they enjoy in such games can be found in their titles, too. "It's honestly on RPGs to try to figure out how to take the mechanics that people are actually loving in other genres and say, 'No, no, no. We had those years ago, but we understand that they kind of were scary".

We previewed the Dragon Age 2 demo for you this week, and while it's hardly accessible - it sort of throws you in at the deep end and tasks you with surviving - you can see how the smoother, slightly more simplistic combat and easier to manage party controls seem tailored towards non RPG-fans rather than hardcore aficionados who'd eat up anything Bioware has to offer. It'll be interesting to see how the final game is received by the public. [Eurogamer]

Add a comment4 comments
Sardo  Feb. 28, 2011 at 00:01

Dragon Age: Origins was an RPG aimed at RPG'ers... but they have completely changed the look and feel in Dragon Age 2 and you have only to read the Bioware and Steam forums to see that has not been universally praised, to put it mildly. Now there is a stream of damage limitation PR coming out of Bioware and this is just another example of it.

Jonathan Lester  Feb. 28, 2011 at 10:22

To be honest, I felt the same about Mass Effect 2. I'm a rabid BioWare fan from way back when, but the studio keeps opting for mainstream safety rather than the intimidating depth and intricate canon that many of us actually revere them for.

If anything, I'd like BioWare to stop being scared of RPGs...?

The Gamer  May. 31, 2011 at 12:17

I've only played Dragon Age: Origins but (as someone who mainly plays RPGs) I can see why people would be scared of RPGs if they played DA:O. The difficulty level was ridiculous and that was compounded by the lack of opportunities to level up.

Perry de Havilland  May. 31, 2011 at 23:27

The difficulty level was ridiculous in what way? You do know you can select the difficulty level in DA:O I assume, yes?

And unlike DA:O, DA 2 is *not* an RPG... it is eventually an arcade fighter with a some dialogue, so as Johnathan Lester says very correctly in the earlier comment, what a pity BioWare is afraid of actually making RPG's because DA2 sure ain't one.


Leave a Trackback from your own site

Email Address:

You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.