Yeah gotta admit "3d 3rd person dinosaur hackn'slash" is not what I think when I think "Arcen" Steamspy data on 3rd person indy games (very few good ones of those by the way) does not exactly convince me that this is a good financial idea....
What I wanted Arcen to do was a AI War 2 with some more abstracted higher concepts and a clean slick stylized 3d look, a proper meta-progression, maybe even with VR support. But hey.. at least Arcen starts with 3D somewhere.. that it is with one of the most difficult areas you can imagine is maybe not such a great thing though. 3rd person games require immense polish and that drives cost up.... while historically they have never been very popular. (Yeah yeah, exceptions like Mount and Blade..)
To be fair, so far I haven't really understood what the gameplay goals are so maybe it is far more fun than it sounds.
I don't get it either, but it reminds me of this game so far:http://store.steampowered.com/app/252150/
And by the way, that game wasn't fun. It was just weird.
I don't really care about VR, but I understand that we have some hardcore, slightly wealthy people on this forum with money to blow on first-generation VR wars.
But the part I do agree with you on, Arcen doing third-person hack and slash just doesn't seem wise. I see a dinosaur theme, but I just don't get the fantasy that is being sold here. It's clearly not aimed at me. I'm used to Arcen selling smart games, so it's a little bit bizarre to see a game like this coming out from this developer.
Well, it's not my company, so for me this is just as an observer. Just watching what happens and hoping for the best, but 100% of the time so far I have been able to spot a mistake with these releases, and I have to say, this one looks like a mistake.
3-D games are very difficult to pull off, very expensive, and you have to have a design and a vision that's targeting a gamer's fantasy. And with 3-D games, you are either targeting the ultra fussy people who complain about graphics and are nearly never pleased, or you need a mechanic that requires 3-D for the aforementioned fantasy.
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think what the fantasy is here is, dinosaur goes berserk in a science-fiction installation, and you rack up points by breaking things. That's what I have gleaned so far. Does that sound like a good idea?
Sometimes I feel like these games and releases Chris comes up with are targeting one of his fantasies that is not necessarily fleshed out or even acknowledging that it's a business where you try to sell games to other people. Sort of like the artist that's a little bit off in their own world, something similar to that. And he has some folks from this forum that are extremely nice to him (okay, sycophants) to the point that it's a disservice. You know who you are.
But in regards to AI war and where that's going, I think Keith is handling that. It won't be 3-D (although, long ago I was told there is a z direction in Unity, even if the game looks 2-D, so that makes me curious and hopeful for innovation). Obviously, that will be a day one purchase for most of us nerds who originally came here for the smart games.
There's a little bit of luck to scoring big on steam, so I hope that I'm wrong, and somebody can quote this thread later and by all means rub it in my face that I'm wrong. But as an observer who does care about what happens here and doesn't have it in him to kiss ass, that's my observations.