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August 22nd, 2011, 20:29
While at GamesCom we had the opportunity to ask Swen Vincke from Larian some questions after the presentation of Dragon Commander. Here's a sample:
RPGWatch: What games would you compare Dragon Commander with?
Swen Vincke: I don’t have a clue. We started out making a game with dragons that was a very small project, a tryout. There were only 2 guys working on it. Then somebody put the slowdown thing in it, played it and felt: “Wow, this is fun”. The flying around really feels natural, both with a mouse and a controller.
We asked ourselves the question what to do with it? Let’s make a small DLC game. So we added missions… boring. This is the mission goal; destroy this or that… boring. To make missions interesting nowadays you need to have things happen every second. Huge things need to be happening and that was expensive. So we figured that if we made a game with dragons, because we like that combat mechanic, we need to have developments like we do in all the games. There needs to be some role-playing developments or character developments. But then we need something to develop against. So we put characters around it, added a storyline and quests.
But the missions still felt boring and why did it feel boring? Because you don’t get the feeling that you are in control over what you are doing. So that is where the strategy part came from. Being able to control what you are going to do. Once we had that in we rapidly had princesses, the fleets, the generals and the game worked. It is almost like the game is making itself.
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August 22nd, 2011, 20:29
Thanks for this great article, a must read for any Larian fan out there and of course anyone that is waiting for this game.
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August 22nd, 2011, 21:09
The basic thing I got from the interview is that D3 is being delayed while this is being made. Bummer

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August 22nd, 2011, 21:15
Nice interview.

I have a faith in Larian and I believe both games should be awesome - DC and Div 3.

Which one wasn't so far? ;-)

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Originally Posted by crpgnut View Post
The basic thing I got from the interview is that D3 is being delayed while this is being made. Bummer
Yeah, I feel the same way. I'm interested in DC, but not nearly as much as a another Divinity game.
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August 24th, 2011, 09:08
I didn't write everything down that was said, but I got the impression they wanted to do something else next to developing Divinity 3. So I don't think that D3 is being delayed because of this. D3 is in development and people are working on it, but if it wasn't for Dragon Commander it might have been something else that they would be developing as well.
The thing that concerns me more is if Dragon Commander is a complete failure (which it should not be, but you'll never know) it might influence the development of Divinity 3.

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August 24th, 2011, 17:51
Yes, the problem is that Larian are working towards self-funding their games. 100% self-funding also means 100% risk for them. So if Dragon Commander bombs it could have influence on Divinity 3.
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August 26th, 2011, 12:57
"Behind the scenes" video : http://www.youtube.com/user/LarianSt…/9/wXedLCoKehs

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