As anticipated as a lot of people are for BioWare’s latest open-world bonanza, Anthem, BioWare’s Casey Hudson discusses his studio’s strategy for its titles’ narrative going forward in a new developer blog. Since there was no story DLC released for Mass Effect: Andromeda, Hudson commented:
“…this was as frustrating for us as it was for players, and it was something we knew we had to solve in future games.”
As much fun as I did have with Andromeda, it was surprising to see no story DLC delivered for such a high-profile game, especially coming from BioWare. Hudson continued:
“That experience ultimately became a defining moment in refocusing BioWare’s mission. We need to delight players with new experiences and innovation, but we must stay focused on the importance of the world, character, and storytelling elements that players expect from our games. And our games must be designed to continue delivering new stories and experiences, in an ongoing relationship with players in the worlds we’re evolving together.”
I love BioWare’s commitment to better writing, especially after the fiasco surrounding the entire world’s reaction to Mass Effect 3’s ending. Yet, we see developers like CD Projekt RED releasing massive story DLC for The Witcher 3, expanding the narrative and being wholly successful at the same time.
I’m not about to comment on how this should be no problem to mirror another studio’s success, yet to reflect that DLC gets in the way of writing great narrative for the base game seems… redundant. DLC should prolong the life of the game, and help keep developers employed until the next project. Whether this is narrative or not, it should not impact the base game and how well-written it is. That is, if this is what Hudson is alluding to, it seems out of place. He concluded:
“It will be unlike anything you’ve played, but if we do it right, it will feel very distinctly BioWare.”
I had a blast playing Andromeda, and am very much looking forward to Anthem. At the end of the day, BioWare seems committed to bringing back why people loved BioWare games in the first place, and that’s something everyone can celebrate.
What about you, geeks? Looking forward to Anthem? Do you care if it has DLC or not? Let us know in the comments!