So, EA just shut down Visceral Games and I'm afraid Bioware might be next on their chopping block if EA's track record means anything. What do you make of this mess?
I wish i could pull out my good ol’ Excessive Positivity™ for this one, but… yeah, you’re probably correct. With the recent shutdown of the Montreal branch AND now Visceral AND the online only multiplayer direction Anthem is taking (for which my poor flat wallet breathes a sigh of relief because I sure as fuck am not going to be buying that), yeah, I think Bioware is very likely to be the next to be gobbled up by EA. That’s just the most likely scenario at this point. It might not happen next year, or the year after, but sooner than we would like, it’s… just what’s reasonable to assume.
But, on the bright side… we might want to remember that the games we love aren’t made by companies, not really, but the people who work for said companies. And since many members of the core Bioware team had already left (and I’m sure soon many more will follow, well before EA would stop shoving more and more of its gross dick down Bioware’s throat), at least there is some comfort to be found in the knowledge that those creative minds are now free from this particular publisher’s grasp, have a great track record of successful games they have worked on, and are free to pursue other creative endeavors, hopefully with a less soulless publisher. Maybe once there is no more Bioware, there might be new and original franchises popping up all around. I don’t know.
All I know is that I really wish multiplayer only games that are focus-tested to shit would finally go out of style. It’s been so long, and I thought that with Titanfall 2 getting an actually okay single player campaign, we were on the right track to achieving sort of a compromise, or a synergy between those who want to fuck around and those who want to see games become a storytelling medium, but…. come on. Seriously, how many good, original concepts have to be hunted down and killed by this pointless drive to make just one more dark and dreary and muddy and boring online only WWII military shooter? I know there’s been a slight uptick in fun and colorful visuals lately among the big smash hits (what with Overwatch being the most popular online multiplayer that everyone is now trying to copy in all things they can), but… come on.
GIVE ME BACK MY NARRATIVE-FOCUSED SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGNS PLEASE AND MAKE THEM PRETTY TO LOOK AT YOU COWARDS