BioWare Talks Future Of RPGs And Narrative Maturation
The role-playing game has definitely changed over the years, and the masters at BioWare will continue to roll with the times.
Known for releasing RPGs with names like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars, BioWare is a respected name amongst RPG fans. But with the ever-changing gaming environment and the gray areas surrounding the RPG genre, where does BioWare go from here? Isn't it a tricky progression?
Well, in speaking to Sarcastic Gamer during the Eurogamer 2011 Expo, BioWare boss Ray Muzyka said they intend to "broaden the genre." These days, there are different approaches to take and more options available.
"The vision for us is a broadening of the genre. We see a lot of other genres incorporating features of RPGs and in turn RPGs are incorporating features of other genres. There are more action elements, there’s different ways to tell a story, there’s different ways to have characters interact for adventure games, action games, shooters, and that’s exciting to us.
It’s actually making a lot of other games more engaging in the same way we could make RPGs more engaging and successful … by incorporating features that are popular in different genres. But we want to bring our core fans along with us on that journey too, so it’s not always easy to get a balance that does both, but we’re striving to do that."
BioWare would also like to see the narrative thread of video games grow and strengthen. They say they've been learning about interactive storytelling with each new game they produce; as of now, it's less about "weighty dialogue" and more about subtle ways to convey an important message. We see this almost every day now.
Currently, the team is working on Mass Effect 3, scheduled to release March 6, 2012. You can bet they'll be taking yet another stride...or two.
10/6/2011 10:38:44 AM Ben Dutka