DICE thinks the modern setting for FPS' is getting stale
DICE thinks the modern warfare setting for shooters is getting stale while public support for the genre might be beginning to dwindle unless something huge can be done. DICE’s general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson believes that the appeal of first-person-shooters set in the modern day may be dwindling.
Although he did state a simple switch of settings or time periods will not be as influential as the switch from World War II to modern warfare was for first person shooters.
He also hinted the whole problem might only be a real issue for the first person sub-genre and not shooters as a whole. The potential switch to the near future as the next big move might only produce a temporary boost and not the next big boost in interest for the time being.
To put things into current perspective, Activision and Treyarch are pushing the near future as a possible future for the Call of Duty series starting with Black Ops 2 while Electronic Arts is still committed to the modern setting at least with the upcoming Medal of Honor Warfighter.
I'm calling it: After they're done with near-future shooters, everyone will go back to making WWII games. After a few years, people will get fed up and developers will move on to shooters set in a contemporary setting. Then the whole damn cycle will start anew.
Also, someone will make a WWI shooter at some point but 80% of people won't care.
What did I just read? How trends can only vaguely inspire fickle buyers? How shooters will still always sell but can seem generic as more of the same time period is released.
Thought we all knew that. What I wanna know is...what's DICE gonna do about that if they don't like it?
How about we go back to cavemen times... slings and arrows! :D
How about WW1? :D
New setting ideas: Future settings, BATTLEFIELD IN SPAAAAAACE! (Not 2142), World War 1, The 7 Year War... ok scratch that.... and finally. Prehistoric war, where everyone throws a spear.... hell I would try that.
The reason that we associate the idiot gamer with three modern shooters they buy, is that the companies build these games for accessibility. Kids, uninterested school students, after graduates with unsatisfying jobs, this is the majority of the medal of duty population. These people only relate to WW2 and Modern Combat because it's popular culture in movies and other media, the only things they see. These people are ignorant and don't know or care for seeing new things. How to fix it, I don't know.
but didn't DICE already do that with battlefield 2142?
Yeah but when the future setting gets old, where do you go from there?
Changing the setting would not always mean jack squat if the mechanics would remain the same.
Actually it's more like "Shit, we better do whatever Treyarch is doing"
DICE: Shit, we better do whatever Activision is doing.
*thinks* merges tribes/section 8 like gameplay with BF3's destruction/intensity and production... omg! or maybe i just want fast paced unrealistic human shooters back xD
Edit: Brink was on the right track, but didn't pull through (twas far too slow for parkour)
Wouldn't it be awesome if Miyamoto made a good fps? There's no way the setting or the characters would be boring.
You don't say. It's not like anything's going to change, though. No big devs have the courage for that.
DICE already made a WWII game with Battlefield 1942 and a few of its expansion packs although I don't think any of them had real single player campaigns.
I wouldn't say this is the number one reason I feel FPS games are losing originality, but it is one. Many developers don't try to broaden the places the shooter can go. I loved Bulletstorm because it took me to a place that wasn't what I usually see. If I am gonna play a shooter, I don't wanna play through stuff I see in the news and live through, I wanna play through new and inventive worlds.
I think the the Modern settings in games will still continue for a while. WWII never happened in our lifetime, but 9/11 and the War on Terror did. We can relate to the conflict in the Middle East. I think the issue here is companies putting out the same game over and over again. Modern Warfare or not, give us something new! Anything! Give us a turn-based RPG with US soldiers vs Taliban forces. (As silly as that sounds)
I don't think it's stale just yet to the FPS community with Call of Duty setting records Every. Single. Year.
awesome to hear I myself want to see a possible world war 2 era dice game or a battlefield set in the future 2142 could work , least something different from black ops 2 and ahead of that.
skyrim is not a fps,.