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Western cRPG revival
« on: October 16, 2016, 05:54:36 PM »
I guess we can say we're living in the era of western cRPG revival with both great indie and AAA games coming out more often (sometimes more often than I can play them).

There are some that are widely acknowledged (like Divinity: Original Sin and Pillars of Eternity) and some overseen gems (like Underrail). And many are coming (I'm very excited about an upcoming title Masquerada: Songs and Shadows - check it out if you haven't done so yet).

Why do you think is it happening?

I have two reasons for it:

  • Crowdsoursing allows developers to gain instant feedback and funding for the project
  • The audience that grew up on old-school cRPGs (BG, Icewind Dale) are in their peak purchasing power now which creates a large enough market niche

Would you agree with my reasons? Or maybe do you think there is something else going on here?
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Re: Western cRPG revival
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2016, 08:18:40 PM »
And to footnote on your second point, the majority of up-and-coming developers are people our age who grew up with games like that and are trying to re-stoke that sense of wonderment from their/our childhoods. 

So, yeah, it's not just our age bracket buying the stuff, but our age bracket also making the stuff.
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Re: Western cRPG revival
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2016, 09:25:19 PM »
I've never been a big fan of western RPGs, but I will say that a lot of promising games have come out of this recent nostalgia binge than I expected. A lot more attention to the writing and making the gameplay fun without going full-on action-RPG, and WRPGs in general are finally starting to understand that an open-world needs more than just random monsters and fetch quests in order to be interesting.

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Re: Western cRPG revival
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2016, 06:46:28 PM »
And to footnote on your second point, the majority of up-and-coming developers are people our age who grew up with games like that and are trying to re-stoke that sense of wonderment from their/our childhoods. 

So, yeah, it's not just our age bracket buying the stuff, but our age bracket also making the stuff.

I wonder if there is a cycle to it - the guys that worked on those old-school PRGs probably grew up on some older ones (maybe pen and paper) and so on.
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Re: Western cRPG revival
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2016, 09:17:38 AM »
Honestly, it seems more like a lot of these have some of the old devs attached to them. Not all, but certainly the most prominent.

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