|Bethesda's Emil Pagliarulo responds to 'dumbing down' criticisms|
|Posted: 07.05.2008 12:23 by Jamie Davey||Comments: 2|
With the company’s recent releases on console, Bethesda has come under criticism for losing depth in their RPGs.
Pagliarulo defends the game as the more hardcode of PC RPG gamers and long time fans of the Fallout franchise voice their concerns.
"It's funny," said Emil, being interviewed by Next-Gen. "I look at Fallout when I play it every day, and I sometimes think that there's a lot of old-school hardcore PC stuff in there too, and part of me thinks, 'God, is this too inaccessible for console players?'"
"There's a lot of dialogue to read, a lot of just hacking computers and looking through things like "VAT." I don't know. Sometimes I think it's just the opposite. So I don't feel like we're dumbing down the franchise."
Oblivion was regarded as a landmark title when it came out with numerous praise for such a vast land to traverse and explore for all its hidden treasures - though it wasn't without its hitches.
"People like myself and some people that work here actually grew up as hardcore PC guys, and now we're older, we have kids, we don't have that much time, so we've transitioned. We're console players now," he continued.
"But we still have those PC game sensibilities. Those are the games we like. So I think BioShock has a little bit of that too. You can definitely feel the old System Shock roots in that game. So hopefully there's a trend there."
One thing fans are sure to be pleased about is the confidence Bethesda has that Fallout 3 will hit shelves this autumn 2008 - "unless the building burns down, I think we're good."
Click to read the full interview between Emil Pagliarulo and Next-Gen.