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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 screenshot

Moving an FPS franchise into a future setting is a cheap way gaining player interest, but should not be considered true innovation, DICE general manager Magnus Troedsson has told Edge.

"If [players] don't see some kind of new, if not revolutionary then at least evolutionary, step of rendering in every game they will start to lose interest," said Troedsson. "And I think that is what's happening. Because a lot of franchises out there don't take this seriously; to actually make sure that we don't just challenge ourselves on the gameplay aspect, or perhaps some other area like distribution method, but also how it [feels], how it looks and how it sounds."

He added: "I think we're going to start seeing people moving away from the modern setting, because every now and again settings or themes start to get stale and then everyone jumps over.

"Y'know, at some point dinosaurs are the hottest thing and everyone is making games with dinosaurs, but there are trends. It used to be WWII, and recently it's been the modern era and people are now moving towards near future.

"But it's a bit cheap to just say, 'Okay, we're going to switch and go back in time or into the future and that will be innovation'. It will definitely drive the franchise forward for whatever game, but it's not true innovation, it's more a thematic change that has a perceived value to the gamers out there."

Troedsson concluded that as a developer "you can only make so many games in one particular era, and then you personally start to get a bit bored with it". Analysis

Whether or not Troedsson was actually targeting his comments at Treyarch and Activision isn't clear, but do you agree with his comments about genre in general?

Let's not forget that DICE is the studio which put out Battlefield 2 followed by Battlefield 2142.

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Batmamerc's Avatar


Yeah I agree but cod is never just set in modern times only the modern warfare games were treyarch normally do WWII and cold war game, is surprising for them to go the other direction this time, but it's still going to be the overall same game with a different skin on it same mechanics same progression and same multiplayer system, but do war FPS need to be innovative or new, war never changes why would the genre. Modern war and zombies are the current trend this era, we need another dinosaur game really lol, Dead island style but with dinosaurs, 'Dino Island'
Posted 09:26 on 09 July 2012
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rbevanx@ munkee

But they are not allowed to get away with anything thanks to Battlefield 3. I think switching their servers off after 8 months is "cheap" myself as well as a pretty much broken game.

I think Trynach should bi*ch back "Battlefield 3 says hi"
Posted 11:55 on 07 July 2012
guyderman's Avatar


Didn't FPSesses start off being set in the future?
Posted 00:21 on 07 July 2012
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"Let's not forget that DICE is the studio which put out Battlefield 2 followed by Battlefield 2142."
They're allowed to get away with that one because Titan mode was so good ;)
Posted 20:20 on 06 July 2012

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