Since releasing in March, Babylon’s Fall hasn’t been able to find its footing. Despite going gold in January, the title peaked at only 650 concurrent players on Steam on release day. Earlier this month, only one person was seen playing the game on PC. We didn’t know a concurrent player count of 1 was possible for a PlatinumGames and Square Enix creation.
Despite ongoing bad publicity and an unimpressed player base, Babylon’s Fall‘s directors have spoken out in a new interview, promising continued updates for the title and giving more details about Season 2. Sitting down with publisher Square Enix, Kenji Saito and Takahisa Sugiyama promised that things would improve.
“The team had not managed to do enough testing on the graphics, especially the visibility aspect and how that could create stress for players repeatedly playing an action game over a long period,” Sugiyama said. Players have been critical about Babylon’s Fall‘s strange oil painting-like graphics since the demo was released.
“There was previously an issue with the visibility of the graphics causing stress for players as they repeatedly played through the hack and slash style game cycle. That problem should have been reduced now,” Saito added.
The two said that since release, there’s now about twice as much gameplay content for players to enjoy.
“We have also made rapid amendments to some areas based on player feedback, such as improving the matchmaking and tweaking the balance of the early dungeons. There are still many areas we have not done enough with yet, and many aspects that will be hard to change unless we focus our efforts, so I feel there is a great deal of room left for us to meet player expectations as we diligently continue to develop and improve the game,” Sugiyama said.
The director also teased more about Season 2.
“In Season 2 we move the setting away from the Tower of Babylon for the first time, and some will be at the core of the story. There will also be a new weapon type and we hope you’re excited about it – we feel it will allow for some satisfyingly responsive action gameplay.”
Babylon’s Fall was released on March 3 for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Players who purchased the game’s Digital Deluxe version were able to access the full game on February 28, 2022.
In (likely) more profitable news, PlatinumGames is also hard at work on Bayonetta 3, which is still expected to be released on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year.