LordSteev wrote on Jul 28, 2023, 02:56:
Look, you're probably right, it won't have any real effect on the quality of what other corporations release. Just looking for a ray of hope in my hobby of choice. Maybe it will make some talented individuals take a good look at themselves and decide they don't like what they see. Maybe give them a nudge to leave the big houses and start up more independent studios again.
Yes, that would be a great side effect. Larian did not have it easy on their way up. They were almost out of business at several points throughout their career. In the early days, their side projects (work for Belgian TV stations like the creation of little jingles/intermissions etc.) saved their bacon because their German partner attic failed to pay them for work on LMK. The whole period from 1998 until their first Kickstarter in 2013 was one big quest to secure funding, living off scraps in between projects, rinse, repeat.
I guess you could definitely say that Larian is an anomaly. They persevered against many odds. Swen was able and willing to take risks. They have grown their company from (almost) a garage to a huge multinational studio (aside from their HQ in Belgium, they are also in Barcelona, Dublin, Kuala Lumpur (MY), Guildford (UK) and Quebec (CA)).
This level of success, still being independent and self-publishing, is definitely an anomaly as is Swen's unique personality which is a marketing factor in and of itself. This is certainly not easily replicated as much as I wish we had more huge indie studios like Larian.
I'm just finishing up my 3rd playthrough of DOS2, with all the trimmings they added, and you're right, it's substantial. And way less buggy (almost perfect, in fact). I'm thinking maybe BG3 is going to release in pretty good shape just because it's been in early access for what, 3 or 4 years now? I'll give it a playthrough, and even if it's a little buggy, that's ok. I know for a fact my first playthrough won't be my last.
Yeah, I guess if you are planning on playing multiple times it might be "safe" to play on release. The Original Sins, however, were also in EA for a pretty long time and they still received humongous updates. I mean, Larian even "totally reworked" (their words) the story of the first D:OS for the Enhanced Edition.
I hope that will not be necessary for BG3 but that they nailed it from the get-go
. Regardless, I'm sure that there will be many updates and patches that will much improve the game. I'm probably a one time player. I don't usually replay such huge, long, epic story-driven games so I want to have the best experience with the Enhanced or Definitive Edition.
I will certainly dabble with the character generator and maybe play a little bit into the story for shits'n'giggles. I already took a small glimpse into the early game in EA. But a full playthrough is going to have to wait until the "complete edition".