Dishonored executive producer Julien Roby believes that people are getting tired of all the sequels that the industry is pumping out with regularity. Here is what Roby had to say about the issues with sequels:
“Well, you probably have some insight on that but I think as long as the game is good, whether it’s a new IP or not, if the game is good, it gets a good review and it’s marketed properly people will want to look at it, Specifically now, because it’s been a few years where we’ve only got sequels of sequels of sequels of sequels. I think people are getting tired of just playing the same thing over and over.”
“So I hope that they’re going to try Dishonored for the fact that it’s trying to do something a little different that those other games.”
I don’t think it is a coincidence that the biggest ovation at E3 this year was for Watch Dogs, a brand new IP with some exciting ideas behind it. In other words, I do believe people want new IP’s, but they also want innovation as well. Roby went on to say:
“You look at the line-up for Christmas this year and it’s like something number six, something number five, something number seven. I really think people are starving for something new. Something new in terms of universe. Something new in terms of gameplay. Something new in terms of visuals.”
I get what Roby is saying and I agree with him, but on the other hand I don’t think people have really supported new IPs very well this year. Three major new IPs were released earlier this year Binary Domain, Asura’s Wrath, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning but the sales for each of these games sub-par.
I guess what I am saying is, there are a lot of people out there moaning and complaining for new IPs but are people going to actually support them? Kingdoms of Almalur sold fairly well but it wasn’t a breakout success like a lot of people were hoping it would be, and at this point I have no idea how well Dishonored will sell. I know I will be picking up a copy, but it will be very interesting to see if we as gamers can prove EA wrong when they said there is “no reward for launching a new IP at the end of a console cycle“.