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Strauss pokes around the brain that is NWN 2 Lead Designer J.E. on where hes been, whats he's doing and where he sees CRPG's heading. Here is a snip:

 

 

How do you feel that the market for CRPG's have changed, have they become more popular as action-based games, or is the market loosing a group, by favoring elements more prevalent in the FPS genre?

 

CRPGs are losing some of the more hardcore folks because the games are moving away from catering to hardcore RPG tastes. Some hardcore players stay because they see appeal in the new games coming along, but plenty just get fed up and leave. On the flip side, we have a lot more people getting into immersive RPGs like Oblivion. Oblivion isn't a simple game, but if you go into it expecting mechanics like the character stat-driven systems in Fallout, you're not going to be happy.

 

But hey, people are stampeding in droves to sing the praises of Oblivion, so I doubt Bethesda employees are crying themselves to sleep on their pillows stuffed with $100 bills.

 

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Jericho sassed me so I broke into his house and stabbed him to death in his sleep. Problem solved. - J.E. Sawyer

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What feature excites you the most in NWN2?

 

It's definitely the toolset. I look forward to the game wrapping up so I can design some decidedly nub-unfriendly modules. Want a tutorial? TOO BAD!

 

You die under the blades of a dozen Red Plumes!

 

Good times.

 

^_^

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It's sad to hear some of his responses concerning crpg's, but it's expected. Also I'm glad to see an interview with some different questions, rather than the same how is the toolset, et cetera... Good job ;)

Life is like a clam. Years of filtering crap then some bastard cracks you open and scrapes you into its damned mouth, end of story.

- Steven Erikson

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You work for Bethesda now?

There are no doors in Jefferson that are "special game locked" doors. There are no characters in that game that you can kill that will result in the game ending prematurely.

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It's Baator, you daft. Nine hells, man.

 

 

Shadowfax, how long have you been working for Beth?

kirottu said:
I was raised by polar bears. I had to fight against blood thirsty wolves and rabid penguins to get my food. Those who were too weak to survive were sent to Sweden.

 

It has made me the man I am today. A man who craves furry hentai.

So let us go and embrace the rustling smells of unseen worlds

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What the hell is all this pillow talk? ahahaha. Actually, I can see stuffing my pillow full of bricks, but only so I can beat on some of you guys.

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I'm hoping the tutorial is like the one for KotOR2. That really helped set the mood. As for the other stuff, I'm hopeful enough to buy the game, but that's because I'm an eternal optimist. After all, we've just learned that NWN2 will have cows.

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