BioWare Likes Episodic Content - No Way!

Ah, it is about time more major game studios and developers look towards episodic gaming. While they do that, Valve will be sitting pretty counting the cashola. Well maybe not, but you get my point I think. In this day and age, episodic or "Live! content" as I've been calling it makes sense. If the companies can get the content out on a timely manner, then I'm all for it. As long as they don't charge an arm and a leg for said content, its all good. Now we have BioWare signing up for some possible episodic content. You know BioWare, those guys responsible for Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire and those totally forgotten unknown games Balder's Gate I and II. Not to shabby a resume I think. More content the better I always say:

"...we have big plans afoot at BioWare for post-release and episodic content for upcoming cool BioWare games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Jade Empire: Special Edition and other upcoming BioWare titles, both on console and PC", BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka divulged in an interview with CVG which we'll be publishing shortly.

Speaking further about online initiatives, Muzyka said, "There have been a lot of innovations in the PC space in online games - World of Warcraft and other MMOs continue to expand the business and we're excited about joining that world ourselves with the upcoming title we're developing down with our great team at BioWare Austin [BioWare's in-development MMORPG] - and digital distribution and episodic content"

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Bioware didn't make NWN2. Obsidian Did.


Anyway, Bioware has been doing this for a while, They've had Premium Modules for Neverwinter Nights.

MioTheGreat said,
Bioware didn't make NWN2. Obsidian Did.


Anyway, Bioware has been doing this for a while, They've had Premium Modules for Neverwinter Nights.


NWN2 was developed by Obsidian, but it was done under Bioware's supervision and overall direction.
The NWN Premium modules are just small, stand-alone add-ons. They're not episodic.

episodic content for KOTOR III...that's all I want. If I knew that game was coming out I wouldn't need another game until I finished it like 4 times. That's all I want.

In this day and age, episodic or "Live! content" as I've been calling it makes sense. If the companies can get the content out on a timely manner, then I'm all for it.

Too bad that hasn't happened. Both the half life episodes had quite long development times with the first being delayed and the 2nd now arriving close to 12 months after the 1st. Sin episodes took a while too and was so poorly received that I dont think it's getting a 2nd or at least its been pretty quiet from those guys.

So far Ive seen nothing to suggest we are getting titles quicker, just instead of getting one large complete game every 2-4 years we get a tiny one every 12 months which ultimatly feels alot less satisfying when you complete it in one sitting and then have to wait 12 months to follow the story up. At least with a full product you arent left waiting for prolonged periods for the next part of the story since its more often than not contained in that single title so your only limited by how much time you can put into the release.

And yes while 2 - 4 years is a while you also had 3rd parties producing expansion packs durring that period to flesh out the wait so its not like you got nothing. With the paries taking it apon themselves to release the episodes you kind of rule out the possability of expansion packs so you dont get that much more content if any at all.

I suppose the concept has some merits. Then again Episode 1 for HL2 was really a glorified trip to a train station, not really that exciting premise for a game really.

I just hope they do a KOTOR 3 and add some MMO to it. Hell, even if it's just a single player game I wouldn't care, just make KOTOR 3 damnit :cheeky:

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