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The All-Star Dev Team That Would Make The Best RPG Ever

See this picture here? It's from a game they don't really make anymore; a style of role-playing that has irrevocably changed.

And it appears that Square-Enix is in no position to reclaim former glory. So what to do? Well, there are other developers out there who have produced top-notch RPGs this generation, so it's merely a matter of selecting the best parts of each team and creating an All-Star Design Studio.

So here's what we've come up with:

Story: BioWare, Quantic Dream, Naughty Dog, and Hideo Kojima

The most important element (in our eyes) will receive the most help:

We'll take BioWare for all-around scripting and scene creation. We will tap Naughty Dog for the intense cinematic awesomeness that Uncharted is well known for; we'll grab Quantic Dream for their unparalleled strides in the realm of maturity and emotion, and we'll take Hideo Kojima for character creation and the background history and fantasy aspect. We could ask David Cage to supervise, though, just in case Kojima has one of those attacks where he doesn't know when to end a scene.

World Design, Setting, Cinematics: Irrational Games, Square Enix, BioWare

We figure if we take Bioshock's ridiculous creativity and innovation (of which there seems to be an infinite supply), BioWare's historically amazing fantasy creations, and Square Enix's patented Japanese flair (lotsa flashy stuff and drop-dead gorgeous CGI), we figure we'll get a production that is beautiful, immersive, and utterly, endlessly compelling. If we need to, we'll bring in more open-world assistance from Rockstar.

Combat Design: Nippon Ichi (or Atlus), Bethesda

Here's what we're going to do: We're going to take all the combat designers from Nippon Ichi and Bethesda, throw them in some sort of colossal cage deathmatch, and the resulting mess will actually be the perfect blend of Japanese-influenced, quasi-turn-based mechanics and the real-time, first-person, modernized mechanics Bethesda utilizes. If this doesn't work, we'll throw Atlus and BioWare into the cage next.

On-Call Alternates

At any given time, all the best studios will be on call to provide their services. Rockstar, Naughty Dog and BioWare are at the top of the list, although we might tap talented individuals at the major publishers, too (Activision, SCEA, Ubisoft, EA, etc.). Oh, and we might give Blizzard a call, provided they understand they don't have a decade to deliver what we ask of them. Gotta get sh** done.

Tags: rpg, role playing game, gaming industry, rpg fans

5/29/2012 10:16:19 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

Victor321
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 10:54:07 PM
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If there's a possibility this RPG contains guns, I'd highly recommend tap Insomniac Games.

Been loving their weapon designs since the age of ten.

:)

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Riku994
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 11:00:55 PM
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Puzzle design and hats: Valve

...Provided this game isn't the third in a series

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 11:13:32 PM
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You forgot Mistwalker in combat design. They're the last of the great RPG makers next to Atlus.

Lost Odyssey was amazing!!! I'm very much looking forward to trying out The Last Story once I have time.

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ulsterscot
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 11:45:03 PM
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Imagine if infinity ward, trey arch, dice,danger close, crytek, respawn, bungie, guerilla, insomniac and epic made a game together?
I can hear the chorus of heavenly angels just thinking about it.

Wouldn't be much of an rpg er though ...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:28:39 AM

Um, no. That would inevitably be a shooter.

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ulsterscot
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:33:14 AM
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yep.

not really relevant I know - but see how annoying it is when someone who doesn't really like this genre comes on a thread just to make a stupid comment.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:44:37 AM

Fair enough.

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Underdog15
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 10:02:32 AM

You're right. It is annoying. Hard to argue with you.

What about when a CoD lover rants about his CoD love in a CoD thread, though? Because that's annoying too...

Just sayin'...

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ulsterscot
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:33:34 AM
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and i didnt even use the word sheep

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:17:17 AM

You mean like the sheeple that play CoD?

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Underdog15
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 10:01:42 AM

ZING!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:50:44 AM
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Haha! Awesome. I totally love these kind of "what if" scenarios. :)

But in todays day and age don't forget the DLCs! And there's two companies I'd put in charge of overseeing that development: Bethesda and Gearbox. That'd ensure both value for money and a continuum of the bar set by the main game.

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ZenChichiri
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:59:46 AM
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PSXE user base makes an RPG...

Let's do it.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 3:39:36 AM

I agree, lets! It would be interesting to see if we could agree on anything *at all*. :D

And Highlander has downloaded the development kit for the Vita so he's already on the ball. Right, High? ;)



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Lanre611
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:08:45 AM

Make our own? Steven Erikson's Malazan world!

Ahh the discussions that would ensue....**world weary sigh**

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 2:12:44 PM

I downloaded it, but between my day job, life and game commitments I've barely done anything beyond that. :(

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556pineapple
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 1:41:26 AM
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Now if Nobuo Uematsu, Akira Yamaoka, Ko Otani, and Harry Gregson-Williams handled music composition, that would just be the icing on the cake!

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:16:20 AM

Um... please let's add Yasunori Mitsuda to that list of composers.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 2:22:36 AM
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Sega Wow for characters! They did Valkyria Chronicles, and I LOVED Welkin, Rosie, Alicia and Co.

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___________
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 5:53:26 AM
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dunno about that, more like a recepie to spoil it.
as the saying goes too many cooks spoil the soup!

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Ludicrous_Liam
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 8:16:07 AM

Yup, they'd all want a finger in the pie.

Okay, enough with the puns now xD

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___________
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:17:31 AM

no, seriously egos would clash and everyone would be arguing whos ideas are better.
theres a reason why developers are set out in a structured environment.
mixing several people of their position on one game will just cause allot of conflicted ideas and ego issues.
everyone thought the combination of suda 51 and the creator of RE would be the best thing since sliced bread!
but it dident, it actually ended out pretty repetitive, boring and uninspiring!

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TechSmurfy
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 6:27:05 AM
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"...colossal cage deathmatch, and the resulting mess will actually be the perfect blend of Japanese-influenced, quasi-turn-based mechanics and the real-time, first-person, modernized mechanics..."

Now, sir, that is my eternal inner conflict. I love both and I fear there's no way to combine them. But if it was possible, only the psxe all-star dev team could do it.

Don't forget another major factor besides story and world design: it's atmosphere/overall mood. I'd throw in there FromSoftware and Konami for the necessary dark tone (sorry Capcom).

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Deathb4Dishonor
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 7:08:36 AM
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God do i miss those old school style JRPGs... Man it's depressing to think we'll never see another game like FFVII to FFX

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xenris
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 8:41:34 AM
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You forgot the talented boys at CDProjekt! Put them in charge of choice and consequence, or if there is none of that in this game, let them take care of meaningful sidequests that help develop the characters. If the Witcher 2 showed me anything its that these guys know how to make wicked RPGs. I hope it comes to the PS3 soon so anyone who is a regular here gets to try it out.

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gray_eagle
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 8:59:15 AM
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throw in dan houser, who writes the stories for R* games

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:21:23 AM

I don't know about that. Although I will be honest I'm not familiar with the games he's worked on. But if GTA was involved and those are his best accomplishments, eh, leave him out. There's not much creativity in story there. But admittedly I really liked RDR' story. It was really good. Again not sure if he even worked on that. Havnt played MP3 yet, so I'm not sure I can even give him the benefit of the doubt yet. I mean considering Amy Hennig from ND should be involved in any writing that's going on.

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:15:17 AM
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Let's bring the guys from Squaresoft and Monolith back from wherever they disappeared to and let them bring their Xenosaga (and Xenogears) experience to the table please.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:21:59 AM

Are those games on the PSN? I could check myself but I'm not at home. I'd like to play them one day.

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Highlander
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 10:46:57 AM

Xenogears is, but Xenosaga is not.

I would be very happy and pleasantly surprised if the Xenosaga trilogy made it into the PS2 game library on PSN, and buy them immediately too....

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Xzer0
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 2:08:55 PM
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And for composer is only one maestro and it is Nobuo Uematsu.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 3:08:45 PM
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My God!! How is Mistwalker not on that list? They are just about the only company that has delivered truely elite JRPG material this generation. Plus, they have THE Final Fantasy creator and FF's music composer over at Mistwalker. That level of talent should not be ignored.

I agree with Dancemachine entirely. The Lost Odyssey is indeed amazing.

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Warrior Poet
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 4:16:53 PM
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The JRPG lives on and makes plenty of money too. They're all on portable systems now, and that is more than okay with me. They really thrive on handhelds.

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Kiryu
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 5:18:25 AM
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Story : Yakuza Studio
World Design, Setting, Cinematics: Yakuza Studio
Combat Design: Yakuza Studio

The best RPG game ever made: Yakuza 5

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