Kingdom Come: Deliverance Dev Shares His Opinion on Difficulty in AAA Games; Games Are “More and More Forgiving”
Warhorse Studios’ Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of the few realistic and historically accurate RPGs currently available, and sometimes it is not as forgiving as other RPGs.
Warhorse Studios’ Executive Producer Martin Klima shared his opinion on the studio’s weekly blog, where he disregarded labelling the title as an AAA title, and admitted Kingdom Come: Deliverance isn’t competing with the likes of Assassin’s Creed nor Middle Earth: Shadow of War.
I don’t see KCD as competing with the likes of Assassin’s Creed or Shadow of War. We simply don’t have resources to create a game like that. I don’t view us as an indie game either, though. The trend I see in ‘real’ AAA games, like the ones I mentioned above, is toward making games more and more forgiving, better suited to the most casual and absent-minded players; they are games that in effect are ‘playing themselves’. So, you have all those different markers, prompts and handy hints that you never have to think about what to do next.
This is not entirely wrong. I can see why the companies that make these games take this approach and obviously there is a demand for it, as evidenced by the sales of these games.
On the other hand, we see a trend among indie games that are both more original and less forgiving, but because of limited budgets they have to go for a format that is somewhat simpler to develop for, e.g. many of them are 2D platformers or top-down scrollers.
KCD is an attempt of bridging the two: it is an indie game at heart – more hardcore, more demanding, more fierce – but with the visuals and production values of AAA game.
I freely admit though that I wish we had more time to polish the game before the release, that’s what AAA game deserves.
What do you think of Klima’s statement? Make sure to stay tuned for our impressions on the game soon.