Not going to happen
With everything in life there must be that trend, With games it’s usually a specific trend surrounding a game with guns these days. The past decade saw first person shooters rise to the mainstream while in the nineties there were platformers everywhere as well collectathons in the late nineties. Lately with games like PUBG and Fortnite the Battle Royale scene has never been stronger, bringing joy to many. Though even it’s being saturated it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Bethesda feels different on the situation however.
Pete Hines, SVP of Bethesda’s global marketing and communications recently commented on the Battle Royale trend established by hits like Fortnite and PUBG. Hines explained what he looks for in successful game pitches, and he’s none too keen on copying the latest trend.
“If it sounds interesting, if it’s something the devs are clearly excited about, and it’s something we think is unique and different, that’s trying something new or doing something new, that’s what gets me excited,” says Hines.
“If it’s like ‘Well, these guys did this, so we’re gonna do this,’ I can’t stay awake. ‘Hey, here’s our Battle Royale game!’ No thank you. Not even remotely interested. That’s not who we are as Bethesda; that’s not how we’ve gotten to where we are over the last 30-odd years. And honestly, I think our devs know better than to say ‘Oh, we’re just gonna riff off of something that somebody else is doing.”
Hines later mentioned their virtual card game The Elder Scrolls Legends as a example. “If it was just a true Hearthstone clone, I wouldn’t have been interested,” he says. “But I thought it was something different and unique, with the two lanes and the variety in terms of the colors and how the decks work. I thought it sat in a really interesting spot on the spectrum of strategy card games, from super simple to really complicated and everything in between, that I just liked where we are. Those are the kinds of things that I think get us, as a company, excited.”
Thoughts and Feelings
I can understand their point of view, not everything popular blends well with everyone. I personally enjoy games like Fortnite as they shine in their own way like the wonderful games Bethesda produces. I don’t think one should dismiss or praise something just because it’s mainstream. With a lot of people enjoying a particular thing doesn’t mean it’s bad nor should it be pressured on to those who don’t want to do it. Though at the same time this is a field of business, involving money and people’s lives and careers to strive. It’s a tough balance for sure, i think incorporating bits of everything would be perfect to perform well for a majority of the crowd to enjoy.
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