If There's A Bloodborne 2, Should It Cater To A Wider Audience?
We're currently celebrating the one-year anniversary of this stellar PlayStation 4 exclusive and I'm wondering:
How should developer From Software approach a sequel, if there is indeed going to be one? Should it be more accessible to a larger group of gamers?
Yeah, I can hear the dedicated fans now: "NO!" The answer is expected and understandable. After all, we've got plenty of easier, more approachable video games for the casual and not-so-hardcore crowd, so why should we water down yet another new IP? Okay, that's one way to look at it. But Bloodborne has a different vibe than Dark Souls, I think, and it's a vibe that can be coaxed into something both mainstream and hardcore gamers would appreciate.
It'd be tricky, I grant you, but not impossible. When I was playing that game, I remember thinking that if certain elements were tweaked in just such a fashion, it wouldn't be so demanding. In fact, if there was a difficulty option that allowed for a somewhat faster pace, a slightly less cautious approach, a way of experiencing the beauty of From Software's highly immersive environment at a faster and more readily digested clip, it could be a win-win situation. The die-hards would still get all the challenge in the world and those who simply don't want such a tough adventure would get to see what From Software can do.
I only ask this because it always seems as if this team doesn't get enough credit. I mean, it gets plenty of credit from the fans, of course, but it's not widespread credit, you know? And what they produce frankly scares many gamers; I know some regular ol' casual players who won't touch anything made by From Software. From Demon's Souls to Dark Souls to Bloodborne, we're not talking about Assassin's Creed or GTA, here. Thing is, Bloodborne just has so much to offer; there's so much to appreciate from a development and technical standpoint - the artistry, design, story, etc. - that it seems unfortunate that only the hardcore are willing to experience it.
What do you think?
Related Game(s): Bloodborne
3/21/2016 9:44:30 PM Ben Dutka