Maybe we should coordinate topics. Mine is about discerning the target audience for BG3.
That's pretty cool, looking forward to it. I'm actually thinking of doing a feedback topic on the "scalability" of things (if I can find the time during this holiday break).
I.e. current UI - where does it falter once character are higher level or multi-classing? What kind of balance might break?
Pathfinder Wotr stole the show. And Solasta (for D^D5th fans).
Not sure if I can agree with this take. I actually really like WoTR (it's my Game of the Year 2021) despite having some minor gripes with some of the writing and design choices - but if anything, I thought the reception to the game outside of the "expected RPG fans" was undeservedly too cold.
Almost zero recognition in any game awards/publications. When WoTR did get nominated for an award in the Golden Joystick awards and was asking for votes, a lot of the up-voted posts in the reddit thread was basically saying "good game, but no": https://www.reddit.com/r/Pathfinder...er_wotr_is_nominated_for_the_pc_game_of/
In terms of popularity, the player base for WoTR is healthy, but seems to have dwindled to below that of DOS 2 after the initial launch. https://steamcharts.com/app/1184370https://steamcharts.com/app/435150
I don't think WoTR is struggling by any means, but it hasn't exploded the way I had hoped, which would've been great for even other CRPGs. Speaking as a huge Real-Time-Strategy fan who basically had to watch that genre die - as a CRPG fan too I'm basically desperately cheering for every release to be well received and explode in popularity.
Based on what's been said so far, and with the Microsoft acquisition (so money people are now making decisions), there's a chance we might not see a traditional CRPG from InExile or Obsidian again, or at least for a long time. Obsidian currently is working on Avowed (Skyrim-esque) and a Penitent (Disco Elysium-like, non-combat RPG). It sounds like InExile's next game is going to be a FPS RPG (https://www.vg247.com/inxile-xbox-game-fps-rpg
). Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun Trilogy) has obviously moved onto Battletech and other types of games too, so another good CRPG developer that might be doing other things.