Fair warning: clicking through to the source linked below will reveal a disturbing headline for RPG fans. But if you actually read the text, you'll see the headline was – like so many others – written primarily for attention-getting purposes.
Mass Effect 3 will release next year and role-playing followers the world over are excited. BioWare marketing boss David Silverman spoke to CVG about the team's goals for this highly anticipated title.
"This is definitely the best chance we have in the series to really break out and go truly blockbuster.
We're hoping for a big hit. It's the best game we've ever made at BioWare Edmonton. The stuff we're doing – making the gameplay more action-adventre-y, making it on a par with some of the best action games you see today, whilst on top of that adding in these RPG elements that maybe people were upset we didn't focus on as much in Mass Effect 2 – it strikes a balance."
Okay, so "making the gameplay more action-adventure-y" makes an RPG fan's heart sink into his stomach. It's what they've been yelling at Square Enix about since Final Fantasy XIII released, and they'd hate to see another legendary developer go the route of "RPG Lite" for the sake of mainstream appeal. That would be disastrous.
But when asked if ME3 will have more RPG depth that its predecessor, Silverman was quick to say:
"Absolutely. Hands down. We've done a lot of research about what people liked about Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and other games too – what they like about Gears Of War, Assassin's Creed, Halo, Call Of Duty and lots of RPG games too.
We've looked at all these games to see what's resonating and what's not. On the one hand, we don't want to go too far down the RPG rabbit hole where Shepard starts rolling dice, but on the other hand we don't want to ignore that coolness – where people can customise parts of their character and making them feel that it's them in the adventure. We capitalise on that in spades in ME3."
We reserve the right to be a touch concerned about BioWare researching shooters and action titles when developing Mass Effect 3 . But provided the RPG depth remains – and Silverman insists it does – we can deal with the rest. Don't worry, RPG fans. BioWare won't let us down. I mean…they better not.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3