So, to all you naysayers and detractors of PC gaming, to all of you who say that PC gaming is conclusively dead… you’re wrong. Or that’s what Bioware thinks anyway.
The Canadian developer of many acclaimed mainstream western RPG’s, including Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins, recently told CVG that it believes that the PC is made for gaming, and that it will continue to be the lead format for game development. Or at least, it will be where Bioware is concerned.
Said Bioware designer and writing director Daniel Erickson:
“Every two or three years we hear the announcement of fantasy being dead, PC gaming being dead and RPGs being dead,” he said. “And yet, all of the biggest games that ever come out – that set the records.
“The biggest game in the world is a fantasy, PC, RPG MMO. We all know the drawbacks of PC. We all scream at our boxes and try to make stuff work. But at the same time, the interface is made for games. The mouse/keyboard interface allows so much less restriction [than console].
He added: “There was not a question when we started Old Republic – or any of our games, for that matter – [what the lead format would be]. There’s a reason the lead SKU for Dragon Age was PC as well. When we’re developing an RPG, it’s a natural place to be.”
Bioware is currently hard at work developing Star Wars: The Old Republic, a PC exclusive MMO that looks to be one of the most ambitious games of all time. The game is due sometime next year.