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January 27th, 2012, 13:33
Rock Paper Shotgun has interviewed Swen "Lar" Vincke on Dragon Commander and on the move of Larian Studios to become self publishing.
RPS: Yes, the game does seem quite different to your previous offerings, can you explain why you went that route?
Vincke: I have this little notebook here full of game ideas that Id like to do, and Ive tried pitching them to publishers, several times, and Ive never managed to get funding. Since weve said that we will now go completely independent it was time to take a look in the little notebook and see what were going to make. Out of that came Dragon Commander. Its a blend of genres that Ive always liked to play my gaming education was in the Amiga times, and the C64 before that and I remember playing this Cinemaware game, Defender Of The Crown, which was something I liked, and it was a genre that faded away. But if you put modern production values on that, and add all the innovations of the intervening years on that, then you have something appealing. And in any case I would like to play it, so we said okay lets bet on that. Its risky! I pitched it to the usual suspects and they all looked at me suspiciously, lets put it that way.
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January 27th, 2012, 13:33
An excellent interview, imho. Just like his blogs. Authentic and frank.
But - this says a Larian fanboy.

There is one interesting comment in it, of which I don't know whether it is real or not, but if it is real, then it is very interesting indeed :

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In the few months, we sold over 70.000 copies. That was way over what Dragon Age achieved.

The difference?

Divinity had local price and was made available day one, sim with worldwide release, and had an OK localization. Dragon Age was priced almost double and had a horrible localization. It all comes down to the user experience, really.

Digital prices in Russia are 1:1 to retail prices at the moment. And yes, retail is dying off, but it will still be around for Collector’s Editions (forever) and for another 5 healthy years in general, as long as there are people with cash in their pockets who have some time to browse the shops.

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January 27th, 2012, 13:54
And in any case I would like to play it, so we said “okay let’s bet on that”. It’s risky! I pitched it to the usual suspects and they all looked at me… suspiciously, let’s put it that way.
What went wrong in this industry, that should be about creating something that's creative and fun and erntertaining? Has the idea of "unique selling point" really been reduced to the color palette of your FPS?
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January 27th, 2012, 14:05
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What went wrong in this industry, that should be about creating something that's creative and fun and erntertaining? Has the idea of "unique selling point" really been reduced to the color palette of your FPS?
Color palettes are the only think the Marketing department suits can understand!
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January 27th, 2012, 17:59
I was sold as soon as I read 'Defender of the Crown'. Good times!

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I was sold as soon as I read 'Defender of the Crown'. Good times!
My first computer game ever (on the Amiga)!
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