RogueSix wrote on Jul 28, 2023, 13:06:
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.
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".
Yeah, most independent houses fail, and the perseverance shown by Larian has been amazing. My hope is, let's say, you get ten new studios formed by people who get good game envy. Maybe 8 fail before even releasing a game. No funding or whatever. The remaining 2 pick up new employees from the fallout. I don't know. If it happens enough times, more Larians will emerge. And some of them will bite off more than they can chew, and probably fail as well. It's the age old question almost: Would you rather have freedom or security?
I probably wouldn't play such huge, epic games more than once, either, except I love the Larian style of gameplay and there's just not many other games like it. At least not with near the high quality. Larian's a unicorn, for sure. Hope we can at least partly repopulate Unicorn game makers. I'd hate to see them go extinct!