Chaldea Untold 1-15 released, + Dragon Age 4 Rant

Chaldea Untold 1-15 is HERE.  Now for what’s really annoying me.

So, Kotaku uncovered more during their investigation of the Anthem debacle than I knew when I first found out about it.  Turns out they found info on Dragon Age 4.  Specifically, that it got CANCELLED by EA, and then a new DA4 was started in it’s place that was beholden to EA’s requirements.

What was wrong with the original DA4?  Nothing as far as we gamers are concerned!  It was a single player RPG with a more focused target on choices and consequences with character development and companions and less trudging through open world environments than Inquisition had.  Fetch quests and the like were cut out, even though open world areas were still in.  It was apparently going to have a Heist style gameplay loop for story progression as the main cast were spies operating behind enemy lines in the heart of Tevinter, the Blood Mage haven for sorcerous asshats and high Roman hedonism.

Sounds great, right?  So what was EA’s problem with it?

It had no system in it to market as a “Games as a Service,” meaning no after market monetization like Loot Boxes, Progress Boosters, vanity items, perpetually Forced Online, and possibly tacked on multiplayer.  Also, it had to use Frostbite, the engine Anthem has that only a core group of EA employees know how to utilize and are spread over multiple projects and are too busy to really help Bioware adapt it to be used with a RPG system the Frostbite engine was never meant to be used with!

So, this information comes to us about the same time as the Bioware debacle of Anthem (which was a combined clusterfuck of a directionless Bioware and a greedy as fuck EA) and EA announcing the new Star Wars RPG about the rogue Jedi after Episode 3 which is a single player RPG with no micro-transactions (we’ll see how long that lasts) evident and only existing as a CGI trailer.  A game that certainly exists only to endear themselves to Disney to try and get away from the PR shitstorm of the Battlefront lootboxes, complete with the Government starting to swoop in to place sanctions on Loot Boxes and taxes as a form of GAMBLING!  Disney is not a company that wants to be associated with an unregulated gambling racket!

So, yeah.  As I said before, Bioware is dead.  EA killed it and are only propping up it’s desiccated corpse for the sake of skating on it’s history for a few more years.  I don’t want Bioware to close… but when it’s been so thoroughly gutted of talent, trashed in the reviews, and compromised in it’s vision… how can it not eventually be shut down by the “Games-as-a-service” hungry producer/owner, EA?  And more over, when it happens… will I be sad, or will it be a relief?

Chaldea Untold Ch 1-14 released + Rant (Assassin’s Creed + Anthem)

CHAPTER!

This is my first Servant vs Servant battle.  Let me know what you think.

It’s been pretty busy around here.  I’m getting off of one job and getting ready to move for the next.  Plus games.  I finally was able to get the rancid taste of Assassin’s Creed: Unity out of my mouth and went back to play Rogue.  It was nicely mediocre and I’m glad I speed ran the game for the most part (Black Flag was definitely superior, as Rogue feels like it was made by Ubi’s B-Team) but it was a game that existed to tie other games together, namely AC4, AC3, and Unity.  It also tried to do an Empire Strikes Back thing there, but the faceless employee in the “present” really didn’t allow for much of any tension or feeling of… anything.  Ubi made the wrong move trying to make the “Player” into the protagonist.

So now I’m playing Origins in anticipation of playing Odyssey.  It’s super fun and capturing a lot of what made Ezio’s arc so great (Except Revelations, that was kinda meh) in it’s spirit.  The game really has a personality in addition to it’s setting, which comes through in all it’s Side Quests as well as the Main Quests.  If you were off put by AC games during their yearly franchise release schedule and never bought Origins, I suggest getting it on the next special discount you can on the platform and distributor of your choice.  Especially since Running is tied to the tilt of the joystick now instead of the right trigger.  My hand is no longer a gnarled claw!  Thanks Ubi!

As for Anthem… turns out the game demo we saw and loved in E3 was nothing at pre-rendered smoke and mirrors.  Bioware claimed the game was in production for 7 years, well 5 and 1/2 of that was pre-production where no one ever knew what the fuck the game was going to be.  The E3 trailer was literally the first exposure the Bioware crew who were working on the game were able to actually say “Oh, so this is what the finished product is supposed to look like.”  The beginning to end work on the game itself was about 18 months in length.

So, that’s how the entire game is shit outside of the flying mechanic.  Kotaku and various YouTube content creators have more information, and I suggest you go check it out if you want knowledge.  The bare bones of it is, no matter WHO is developing the game that looks like the New Sexy, wait for release and reviews and NEVER. EVER. Pre-Order.

The Bioware we all knew and loved is dead, folks.  There’s nothing more than a homunculous of it’s desecrated body lumping around now.