Baldur’s Gate 3 is the new RPG everyone is talking about, as the game has promised over 174 hours of cinematics and thousands of potential endings. It is set to launch in two days on PC and next month on PS5.
Due to its scope, a developer had previously claimed that Baldur’s Gate 3 is an anomaly and should not become the new RPG baseline. This led to a discussion about the RPG genre.
Following this discussion, the Director of Baldur’s Gate 3, Swen Vincke, has stated that Baldur’s Gate 3 won’t set new standards for the genre.
Why it matters: The gaming industry has been known to chase popular trends. This was seen with the success of genres like battle royal and live service.
“When it comes to standards, standards change continuously, so I don’t think that is something people should be worried about with Baldur’s Gate 3.”
He believes the gaming industry changes so rapidly that it is hard to set a standard. While Baldur’s Gate 3 looks extremely promising, a new game could surpass it soon, leading to another standard.
The industry is also very diverse. Larian Studios has worked on this kind of game for several years, but the game’s success will not necessarily encourage other developers to make large-scale RPGs.
During the interview, Vincke mentioned that when he started, Ubisoft had launched Assassin’s Creed, which took the internet by storm. The franchise was expected to set the standard, with everyone else following in its footsteps.
Vincke added that he heard comments like ‘You are doomed.’ While Assassin’s Creed left a huge mark, studios continued to create different kinds of games in all genres after its release.
Larian Studios has an experienced team with years of experience. The initial comment used this as an argument for why Baldur’s Gate 3 should not become the new standard. However, Larian Studios is not aiming to revolutionize the genre.
The studio is looking to create its vision of an epic RPG experience. This includes a massive game with branching narratives and hundreds of hours of content. However, other developers are not required to follow a similar direction.
Therefore, the Director does not believe Larian Studios will set a new standard.
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